Another Year (2010)

In Amazing, film, Recommendation, Review on 10/07/2011 at 8:38 pm

Mike Leigh‘s latest achievement is, more than anything, deeply moving. Another Year follows the lives throughout a year of middle aged couple Tom and Gerri (they laugh about it too) and their friends. Jim Broadbent (Tom) and Ruth Sheen (Gerri) are that older couple everybody wants to be eventually, but most young city dwellers have ceased to believe in. They have been married for ages and they are absolutely devoted to each other and genuinely happy. What’s more, they’re educated (a geologist and a psychologist), but rather than being pretentious about it, they surround themselves with people who are in various ways utterly lost. This makes for charming, embarrassing, loving and quite hilarious situations.

Mike Leigh is one of Britain’s most original and exceptional directors (all his films shall be on here at some point). That said, his style might not appeal to everyone. His films explore everything remarkable about human beings and how they interact within our society – at a gently trickling pace. These stories aren’t made to please, they’re meant to be told, all in their own magnificent way, by every one of the (I’m running out of superlatives here) outstanding actors in his films.


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