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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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.
yadda yadda leigh is sooo perceptive re:the human condition, blah blah. subtle as a brick is right. sheen was phenomenal, so nuanced, but manville was miscast (gasp). she's too broken-looking, too forlorn, too naked even for leigh's camera. mary is lonely? let's spend thirty seconds in an extreme close-up on her to show just how sad she is. no depth, nothing revealed. i did like this film otherwise, though.
By far Mike Leigh's best film since "Secrets and Lies", perhaps since "Naked". Witty and warm in tone throughout all four seasons, but ultimately a dark and deeply humanistic tale of loneliness and desperation. Flawless performances and nothing of the quirky silliness that has infected some of his recent films..
Lesley Manville is a stand-out.