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…
This film deals with the concept of loneliness. Tom and Gerri are a match made in heaven, a couple whose relationship shows no signs of weakness. Even their names prove their inseparability. The film tracks the couple's relationship with their friends, most of whom are single and extremely lonely. Mike Leigh's screenplay works with Dick Pope's cinematography and the nuanced acting of all involved (especially Lesley Manville) to put the loneliness of Mary, Ken, Joe, Ronnie, and Carl under a microscope for us to examine. By allowing the film to cover a year's time, we see the steadfastness of Tom and Gerri's union juxtaposed with the downward spirals of depression made by their friends and family. This is a very well-written, well-cast, and well-shot film that makes a powerful statement about the nature of loneliness.
Impresionante comedia humana con profunda sensibilidad y carga afectiva sin recurrir a dramatismos. Excelentes actuaciones que marcan la intención de asumir los temas mas profundos e importantes del ser humano como el amor, la soledad, las carencias, la muerte y las propias fragilidades con el tinte tragicómico necesario. Transita entre lo conmovedor y lo patético sin renunciar a las profundidad.
The more of Mike Leigh’s films I see, the more I start to understand and appreciate his genius, particularly his genius for creating rich, deep, empathetic and interesting characters. Another Year is another fine example of this. It features the usual cast of actors as they circle about in a typical year of the lives of married couple Tom and Gerri, played expertly by Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen. These two are the emotionally stable center of their small universe of friends whose turmoil rarely seems to penetrate the happy bubble in which Tom and Gerri live. Their friend Mary, a self-hating alcoholic, is a lonely, sad and difficult character. She’s hard to love but impossible to neglect. They love…
Man, I feel terrible right now. This is meant as a compliment.
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.
- 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.…
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- Army of Shadows
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