Crazy that so early in his career Leigh was able to make a movie this rich. Still, some of the smaller plot points don’t add up to much, and it doesn’t feel as developed as his later masterworks. But there's no such thing as a just okay Leigh movie. They're all wonderful, truly.
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.