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Another Year

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Mike Leigh
  • 124 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Comedy drama directed by Mike Leigh, starring Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville and Ruth Sheen. Married couple Tom and Gerri live a simple but contented life and are looking forward to retirement. But the increasing emotional demands of Gerri's friend and colleague Mary brings disharmony to their lives.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A gifted director of women and an underrated director of films about women, Mike Leigh completes a most satisfying hat-trick - following Vera Drake and Happy-Go-Lucky - with yet another beautifully performed character piece. The focus here appears to be happily married north London couple Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen), who are edging towards retirement, taking care of their allotment and fretting over their permanently single son. Into this suburban haven lurches Mary (Lesley Manville), a friend of Gerri's from work whose boozing, flakiness and emotional neediness - at first forgivable and even charming - quickly become a bore for the whole family. Manville's performance gives a fragility and poignancy to what could have been an unsympathetic character, providing Another Year with a deceptively profound emotional charge. And Leigh's simple, subtle film is all the richer for it.

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Credits

Cast

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Allotment ladyEdna Doré
TomJim Broadbent
MaryLesley Manville
GerriRuth Sheen
KenPeter Wight
JoeOliver Maltman
RonnieDavid Bradley (2)
KatieKarina Fernandez
CarlMartin Savage
TanyaMichele Austin
JackPhilip Davis
Tom's colleagueStuart McQuarrie
JanetImelda Staunton

Crew

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DirectorMike Leigh

Details

Theatrical distributor
Momentum
Released on
2010-11-05
Languages
English
Guidance
Some swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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