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Life Is Sweet (1990)

Cast: Jim Broadbent, Alison Steadman, Claire Skinner, more...
Director: Mike Leigh
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Studio: Criterion Collection
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Foreign, UK, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 103 min.

This invigorating film from Mike Leigh was his first international sensation. Melancholy and funny by turns, it is an intimate portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of Londonan irrepressible mum and dad (Alison Steadman and Jim Broadbent) and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a troubled, ill-tempered layabout (Claire Skinner and Jane Horrocks). Leigh and his typically brilliant cast create, with extraordinary sensitivity and craft, a vivid, lived-in story of ordinary existence, in which even modest dreamssuch as the fathers desire to open a food truckcarry enormous weight.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Life is Sweet really is sweet by jmwagner66 May 7, 2013 - 1:24 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I saw this on VHS years ago with my mother and am glad to see it available on DVD. It is a little "slice of life" drama that is charming, obviously with Jim Broadbent as the father. The story is original and believable and interesting. Seeing Jane Horrocks in a pre-Ab-Fab role is an extra treat.

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