Happy Go Lucky (2008)

In Amazing, feel good, film, Recommendation on 17/09/2011 at 3:45 pm

This is without a doubt one of my favourite Mike Leigh films. Sally Hawkins seems to be put on this Earth to play Poppy, and indeed won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for it. Poppy is a happy go lucky, slightly quirky North London primary school teacher. Her unbridled optimism is contagious to most, and deadly frightening to some others, her driving instructor (Eddy Marsan) in particular. Poppy effortlessly opens your eyes to a world that hardly any of us dare to see – something director Mike Leigh seems to achieve in all his films. But mostly, Poppy’s story is very charming and funny. This film is a kick up the behinds for the nasty and unreasonably cynical in this world.




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