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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**** 1/2 All about compartmentalization in its many forms: social, economic, sexual, behavioral, etc. Leigh articulates this visually. By way of door frames, house windows, food truck windows, & other visual frames, he creates a theater of compartmentalized vignettes. Nothing.but.vignettes. A subtle mastery of cinematic form, staging, acting. The Aubrey/Paula relationship is handled wrongly. J. Horrocks:sublime.
If only we had more films like this than maybe life wouldn't seem so complicated. Films where families are diverse and need to learn to live together and all that teenage 90's angst we got used to became complex even the usual psychological cliches get a brave look and are treated honestly. A film where the only way to reach a teenager is after a heated argument and a good cry, more films like this please.
Rather wearing and relentlessly chirpy trip down Leigh Street complete with the usual stereotypes populating a somewhat lighter tale than usual of working class people not reaching outside of their allotted boxes.