Over the course of four seasons, Another Year explores the life of a sublimely happy older married couple, Tom and Gerri, and their various friends and family members, who struggle to find the happiness that Tom and Gerri have cultivated.
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This is actually one of my favourite movies. The way it depicts the small world of Tom and Gerry, that nobody is fully allowed to enter, is heartbreaking and finely nuanced. Meanwhile, the seasons are changing and life goes on. I also find it continuously interesting how differently the movie is perceived (heartwarming vs. cruel, uplifting vs. depressing).
This is so nuanced and beautiful. It touches on aging, loneliness, the limits of compassion and the elusive nature of happiness. It kind of broke my heart. I think there are things to be learned from this film.
A film that poignantly reminds us of a hard fact of life we must all learn, that is it is only ourselves ultimately who can decide to change, no matter how much support we may have or not have. It also serves as a startling reminder for those of us young enough to have the majority of our lives ahead of us not to waste it. Superbly acted by some of Mike Leigh's old reliables...
delightful film, with some great shots and a magnificent winter light in the last 40 minutes. a collection of broken people, orbiting probably the last nice happy family. a film that walks towards death.