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3.5
3,353 Ratings

Happy-Go-Lucky

Directed by Mike Leigh
United Kingdom, 2008
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

Sally Hawkins won a number of awards for her central performance as Poppy, a perky, optimistic elementary school teacher in Camden, in this slice-of-life comedy from the director of Secrets & Lies.

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Happy-Go-Lucky Directed by Mike Leigh

Critics reviews

It’s an aberration in the social-realist black comedies of Mike Leigh. In fact, it often seems an overcompensating response to that filmography… As both a comic filmmaker and a realist one, Leigh rarely gets spoken of in terms of his visual acumen, something that the director himself has bitterly noted. Happy-Go-Lucky demonstrates the director’s subtle skills; few of his films, short of the seasonally divided Another Year, uses aesthetic changes to so clearly mark shifts in mood.
April 18, 2016
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