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.
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.
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.
One guarantee in Leigh's dramas is that the audience will receive fully multi-layered characters, as realistic and believable as people are in real life. For bringing such immaculate personifications on screen, you need a deep understanding of human psychology. Leigh manages to show his empathy and comprehension of these authentic human souls through a) extraordinary performances by either a leading role and some secondary characters, or b) great performances by the entire cast. Here, we have the first case, in which Lesley Manville's persona hides under what seems to be a film with an old couple as main characters. Nobody is a main character here if we exclude the fact that we are invited by the film to stay, talk…
Often when you see a film that centers around older people, it's about them "recapturing their youth." Because you can't just be old and do old people things. If a film is gonna be about what it's like to be old, it's actually gonna be about what it's like to be young because apparently that's all audiences care about.
Mike Leigh's Another Year feels like a film that's actually about older people without talking down to them, without giving them end of life crises to make them interesting. It reminded me of actually spending time with my grandfather and how death was, at that point, a natural part of life. I could find out one of his friends had died…
Builds. Invests ample energy in its characters, but maybe too much? Very clear where its sympathies lie. Cozy and bleak. [B]
A beautiful film which draws you into the lives of these interesting and varied group of people who, like most people, have positive and negative elements in their lives. The writing is outstanding and each line of dialogue seems sincere and believable, these characters feel like fully formed people. Then the performance form Manville is beyond great, she captures the desperate hopes of her character absolutely perfectly.
Cozy. Very English. Well acted. Pleasantly unmemorable.
Well acted, realistic and depressing as hell but captivating nevertheless. Good film-making for sure.
sad as hell
Las actuaciones y el ritmo tan acorde a cada estación me parecieron brillantes.
La idea de un matrimonio feliz rodeado de gente jodida, pues bueno.
Well on the positive sides there are some great British actors and actresses in this, not least Jim Broadbent. On the one hand, the characters pull you in and you really get a sense of their inner life and their various positives and negatives. On the other hand, I was constantly wondering where the movie was supposed to be taking me and in the end it didn't go anywhere at all. I suppose it could be argued that things were clearly going downhill and it was a tragedy, but we don't even get the massive downturn of events that would signal tragedy. Perhaps the point is that people are flawed and life goes on, but if you don't know how…
- 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
- 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
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