Comédie britannique lucide et tendrement désespérée, sertie d'une lancinante ritournelle bienvenue, qui force l'admiration et le respect. En effet, malgré l'affutée description d'un milieu et de personnages en mouise et dérapages constants, le cinéaste, comme à sa remarquable habitude, témoigne d'une profonde et sincère affection pour ces laissés-pour-compte de la société libérale thatchérienne... www.cinefiches.com
**** 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.
Life is sweet is an amazing film - not only the characters and the dialog but the theme. it is so simple but the drama concealed in the day to day monotony is the real life that slips away without anybody even knowing it. I admit I am easily affected my movies, on the edge of my seat, hiding in my hands or embarrassed myself for what a protagonist may do or say - yet it's been a while since I found myself crying.
Simple and soothing, perfect for a sunday afternoon. Everytime I watch a movie like that, which shows the ordinary life of ordinary people, it just seems to me that it's a tale about life itself...and that's the beauty of it. No need of deep thoughts or thrilling adventure, just people and life, it can be pretty moving. I like Leigh's sundtracks, they're nice.