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…
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…
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…
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.
Usually Mike Leigh's slice of life portraits provide some sort of understanding and growth from its characters and a form of closure in its final moments before exiting the lives that we were just cordially invited to witness. Another Year may be his most realistic and sincere slice of life film he has ever made. A year in the lives of a happily married older couple and their dysfunctional friends along the way who always seem to gravitate towards them for relief and comfort. In this year like in anyone's lives time passes, major events occur, people die, some get engaged, babies are born and we all grow a little bit older.
Another Year is highly underrated in Mike Leigh's…
A remarkable human drama; a confident effort from Leigh. His unique improvisational approach could easily have led to somewhat obvious characterizations (and occasionally almost does) but his are stereotypes that we know from real life and with collaborators like Broadbent, Sheen and Manville, believability always remains intact, in fact thoroughly so. Staunton's performance at the beginning is incredible and, like many characters in the film, hers is memorable and touching. One of my favorites of 2010.
Angelika Film Center, New York, New York, with Annie S.
Another Year is another wonderful film by Mike Leigh. Beautifully executed and exceedingly melancholy this film paints an incredibly realistic portrait of living into old age, desperation for anything other than loneliness, and the idea of happiness.
Kind of like a greatest hits compilation for Mike Leigh, recalling many other scenes, moments, characters and scenarios from his large body of work and placing them all in one Happy-go-Lucky package of "every day life." I readily acknowledge that when Mike Leigh tries for cheerful I find myself longing for Secrets & Lies or Bleak Moments, but at least with Another Year there are many moments of levity mixed in amongst the cheery waves. Lesley Manville is possibly at her best here, her absolute wreck of a person is a perfect mix of sad, hopeful, funny, scatterbrained, depressing, annoying and truthful representation of a large percentage of the English people I've ever known. Her scenes with Filch steal the movie…
Mike Leigh fala sobre os diferentes modos de envelhecer e os encargos relacionados, em seu filme de enredo mais ostensivo e menos definido. Um Leigh menor.
When you are watching a Mike Leigh film, you quickly realize you are in good hands. The acting is going to be great, the characters are going to feel real. The cinematography is going to do the job without showing off more than necessary (but definitely step up when called for, as in recent Mr. Turner). It is all so competent and soaked in quality that you might suspect it of becoming safe and boring. But I've yet to finish a film of his unsatisfied.
Here, he again paints a portrait of the lower middle classes of England, as we get to follow something so rare on cinema as a happily married couple and their friends during one year. The…
Such a beautifully tragic portrait of aging from Mike Leigh. The performances are endearingly realistic, and Lesley Manville in particular had me nearly in tears by the end, playing Mary, a middle aged woman who feels desperately lonely after her husband leaves her. This slice-of-life drama may not have a thrilling narrative plot, but the characters are just so distinct and likable that it doesn't matter. Mike Leigh just has a way with actors like few other directors.
Beautifully done ensemble drama from Mike Leigh about one year in the life of a very happy, pleasant, content older married couple (the wonderful Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen), and their encounters throughout the year with their generally unhappy and neurotic friends and family (the lone exception seems to be their son, who has apparently learned a lot from his parents).
The whole cast is excellent, but the standout is without a doubt Lesley Manville as Mary, a lonely, motor-mouthed alcoholic whose very real problems become more and more apparent as the film progresses. Leigh, too, obviously thought that Mary is the most important character, judging from the film's last shot.
The film moves very slowly - I'd be lying…
I like Mike Leigh as a director... and I have to say that in this film is one of his masterpieces for another reason... he showed us that he is a brilliant screenwriter as well! Deeply involving mature reflection on life's joys and sorrows results in an intelligent compassionate drama with a fine symmetry of subtly defined characters which could be from any British neighbourhood... All the scenes have the ring of authenticity which was brought to us by the help of the team of amazing actors like Ruth Sheen (Gerri), Jim Broadbent (Tom), Lesley Manville (Mary) and Peter Wight (Ken). Most of the key cast members had already worked with the director multiple times in the past. Leigh collaborated…
I haven't rewatched any of Mike Leigh's films yet, but I'm thinking his films in particular will be a different experience when knowing what to (and what not to) expect. I've been so conditioned by traditional storytelling… oh wait! I've just had a thought!
Well, I think I've seen Leigh described as Ozu likebefore, but it just clicked where I've seen a similar mix of warmth and sadness, loneliness, and the march of time. OK then.
What I was about to say is, because of a certain Pavlovian training, I keep dreading something will "happen" in Leigh's films, some kind of overly dramatic, traumatic, and disturbing event, that Hollywood seems to demand. Of course that's precisely what's so…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
- Miller's Crossing
- Army of Shadows
- Boudu Saved from Drowning
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…