An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly retarded man living with his parents and brother in a housing project. Trouble ensues when their wealthy aunt gives Colin a job and his brother becomes jealous.
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MEANTIME strikes me as being pretty clearly the strongest of Leigh's television movies, and one of the finest works of Thatcher-era screen miserabilism. It speaks for a whole subset of the British populace that has nominally been written off. It is ultimately about neglect, alienation, and fiercely limited options. It is not, however, a polemic. It is dynamic social cinema, impeccably observed and deeply felt.
I wasn't as impressed with this one as I did with Bleak Moments, the other made for TV film I've seen from Leigh, I found it much more interesting as a portrait of a recession-struck London than as a dysfunctional family trope, though the former is used as a mere background for the main conflict. Still, the performances are brilliant as in all of Leigh's work, specially worth mentioning is Roth's complicated turn.
It's seem real, my monitor is like a "window". My fave scene is "broken window". I know Roth, Oldman, and Jeff Robert give good performance, but my fave is Phil Daniels, I don't know, personally I love Mark character.