Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Mike Leigh’s much praised 2010 tragicomical drama. During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.
Mike Leigh flawlessly builds lived-in lives. As strange as it sounds, it's true - each of his characters carries a sense of history to their own incarnations. It's as if the delicately expressed years behind them do truly exist beyond some screenwriter's rough sketch of a vague character history and impersonal attributes. It feels like Leigh and his actors have spent their lifetimes surrounding the aged characters, able to draw out their instincts and traits with effortlessness. This can be the case with all of Leigh's work, but here in a quasi in-time experience with them it's likely the most felt.
It's felt in Another Year that one is watching people on screen and nothing else; that they are fleshed-out…
If I had to point to a character in cinema that maybe one day I could, if I were lucky, maybe I could be, it would be Gerri. If I had to point to one that I am almost certainly actually going to turn out to be, it would be Mary.
Gerri is a confident, mature, loving woman who is in a strong relationship, and she is decent and protective of her family and intelligent and sincere. She has her life together, which makes me envy her, I admit, and she has a very real relationship with her husband that is neither picturesque perfection or rocky dysfunction. She is a real person, but that seems redundant to saying she's a…
Another Year is a heartbreaking story of a woman who desperately wants love and companionship as she faces getting older alone. Lesley Manville is outstanding as Mary, the most irritating and energy sucking person you will ever meet, who wears her desperation on her sleeve making it difficult to hate her.
The film centres on four seasons in the life of Gerri and Tom, a happily married couple who are the rock for their depressed friends Mary and Ken. You wonder why they don't seek out happy friends, but perhaps they feel they should give love and support where it is needed, given that they have so much themselves. But when Mary goes too far by being jealous of and…
An excellent ensemble drama from Mike Leigh. The film can be quite bleak at times dealing with these characters getting older and how certain ones deal with it. That's clearest in Leslie Manville's character. She's undoubtedly the standout, a performance criminally ignored during awards season.
There’s nothing more human and real than Mike Leigh’s evocative ensemble drama that is filled with powerfully understated performances and thoughtful, multi-layered writing. Another Year follows the lives of a close-knit family and their relationships with their colleagues and friends over the course of four seasons of the year. Leigh’s distinct directorial style of observing human condition and the nuances of the mundane are captured vividly and sincerely in the lives of his characters. No one looks, or sounds, and maybe feels out of place in the story, all of them are enmeshed in Leigh’s superb microcosm of family, hope and discontent.
Another Year seems to be a despairing film to watch because it feels monotonous and the characters seems…
Another boring year for these guys.
Another year has great acting, a well written script by Mike Leigh and it may not be every ones type of film to watch, but it's still worth a watch to those who are interested in watching the movie.
[family, loneliness, isolation, youth]
Been watching a lot of Leigh's work lately, and I'll have to admit that most of his films are so thematically and stylistically similar that it's often difficult to tell them apart. Another Year doesn't venture away from familial themes and characters with terminal flaws, but it does depart from Leigh's tendency to take characters to their respective breaking points through predictable and sometimes wildly melodramatic climaxes.
Like the story of the wealthy young woman in need of an abortion in Vera Drake, I'm intrigued by how many of the character arcs in Another Year remain open and unresolved. It feels less like pretentious dereliction and more like a portrayal of humanity as a growing thing with branches and leaves that wither and fall away. Mary (Lesley Manville) is one of these branches. Watching her slow dissolution had me saying "fuuuuuuck" at the final cut to black for the first time since seeing Haneke's Amour.
I'm not sure how I felt, or really how Leigh wanted me to feel, during this movie. But I know the feeling was complex.
You have this couple -- both of whom have these stable, health-focused jobs in therapy and environmental testing (both working to build strong foundations, physically and figuratively). And they serve as a kind of safehaven for these lost souls. The husband and wife both garden in their free time, caring for and cultivating healthy crops, and their home is full of greenery and life.
What a contrast that is to these visitors they get, these broken people who come by looking for love and a listening ear. And mostly, that's what they find there -- these…
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Devastating performance from Lesley Manville. And to Katie, just calm down.
Heerlijke, liefdevolle film
I always have this conflict around Mike Leigh film's. They are beautifully observed and beautifully acted, but is his eye for human weakness just a little too acute? Does he find too much to laugh at in his character's behaviour? It is a valid question for this film, where the less educated are also pretty stupid (when the film ventures north to Derby it uncovers two characters who are almost totally inarticulate). But actually the key strength of the film is in its picking away at a certain middle class smugness. Tom and Jerri are a kind, middle class couple who are also islands of happiness among a sea of the unfulfilled and discontented. The only other person who is vaguely content is their son, who is very pleased with himself indeed. And yet the longer the film runs the more their self satisfaction grates. Immaculately acted, and by, Leigh's standards, beautifully shot.
Leigh is a master of complex characters and nuanced relationships. Though bleaker than Happy-Go-Lucky, it's no less enjoyable.
Touching, eloquently acted, and, in its own way, very fucking scary.
Mike Leigh's style is extremely unique.
He enters his films with only a loose outline, writing the scenes with the actors through weeks of rehearsals. As a result of this, his movies always feel right. No decisions seem contrived or convoluted. His films all flow brilliantly and the performances are always coming from a very personal place, as all the actors are also uncredited writers, to an extent.
As a result of this method, Another Year is one of those movies that fucking breaks you. Whoever designed the box art for the DVD release (a flowery pink and white color scheme, adorned with unanimously smiling faces) must have a fantastic sense of humor. Despite the film's two protagonist's being in…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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