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3.8
817 Ratings

Life Is Sweet

Directed by Mike Leigh
United Kingdom, 1990
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, Andy is a cook who forever puts off home remodeling projects, Natalie is a plumber and Nicola is jobless. This film is about how they interact and play out family, conflict and love.

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Life Is Sweet Directed by Mike Leigh

Critics reviews

Life is Sweet" is almost certainly Mike Leigh’s funniest film, but what’s interesting is that it’s also among his saddest. The broad humor and screwball antics that are its defining feature—think, for instance, of the main set piece involving hopeful restaurateur Aubrey and his disastrous opening night—mask the sense of utter desperation at the heart of the film, a feeling that lingers long after the credits unceremoniously roll.
May 31, 2013
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Life Is Sweet is the film that gained Leigh global esteem as a major filmmaker, and it’s still one of his best—a tough, compassionate study of a British family near the end of the Thatcher regime. The title is a testament to the nuance and ambiguity of Leigh’s methods, as it’s offered neither in jest nor celebration, but as a statement of hard-won fact that abounds in heartbreaks and mysteries.
May 30, 2013
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Seen today, this exuberantly funny film about desperately serious subjects is an undiminished delight, and its razor-sharp satire of consumer culture, political sloganeering, and family-values clichés as timely as ever… He has never cooked up a more flavorsome pièce de résistance than Life Is Sweet, a tangy comedy-drama that ranks with his finest work.
May 28, 2013
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