Leigh es un maestro de las emociones y sabe què necesita y còmo conseguirlo con sus actores. Cada personaje, por secundario que parezca aporta a ese fresco de la desazòn obrera inglesa. Con una mùsica exacerbada y melancòlica que desaparece -de modo acertado- en el momento crucial de las verdades. La humanidad y la dulzura con las que trata a sus personajes contrasta con la rudeza del entorno y de algunos de ellos.
Believable drama about a family in depression, poverty, laziness, sadness and living in a loveless marriage but manage to change due to a shock in their daily routine. At the same we follow other even more hopeless people that are heading to their own downfall with no real solution at hand. Superstrong acting and the realistic setting is the strongest assets and hopefully we will see the characters again sometime.
British compassion. Sounds like an oxymoron. But there´s Mike Leigh. How can some human beings be so kind when the world around is so harsh? There´s Mike Leigh. Extraordinary actors, talented storytelling, a little bit exaggerated music. Try to see this film without getting a knot in your throat. You can´t. The true nature of late-capitalism, massive amplification of pain.
Knee-deep in social realism but with the novellistic take of being particularly character-driven, and y'all know that's Mike Leigh's greatest strength: The characters are supremely human, filled with flaws, but never condemned because of them. Some of the characters get redemption, some don't, almost every single one suffers, but Leigh shines a light on them. Some amazing, biting, sour british humor in here as well.
There are no happy people in this film. I don't mean that as a complaint; not at all. The audacity with which Mike Leigh explores the depth of characters is breathtaking. What a courageous child of cinema Mike Leigh is! And wonderful performances, beautiful cinematography. Brilliant casting (especially Donna and Maureen). Fucking brilliant film. Can't stop thinking about it.
Its not The best Mike Leigh movie however it’s “very” Mike Leigh. Cast is amazing, very real in terms of ordinary family life from British council estate. I feel a bit hungry though to see some of the characters being developed even further. Overall highly recommend
If you are not into real life, do not watch this film. Leigh depicts the English working class life and drama in a manner we can relate to and feel it. I think the title means that wether you have love, affection, bonding (all), or you have nothing (a meaningless life). Great acting and great text.
Leigh's managed to convey into a single entity his idea of social realism, a family drama, and a solid account of existentialist themes. Its main strength is in its being both a political - since the focus on the working class - and a philosophical and ethical statement - such is the Human Condition; to endure, hope, love is our only chance to redemption.