All Or Nothing

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(out of 5)


Mike Leigh returns with yet another incisive and touching look at life among London’s working classes. Bored, middle-aged couple  and do their best to keep it together while their children live in emotional misery. Their son is a foul-mouthed git who sits on his lazy duff and watches TV all day, while their daughter works in a nursing home and retreats into her own personal silence to escape her unhappiness. Meanwhile, their neighbours have problems of their own, with one couple marred by the wife’s alcoholism and their daughter’s promiscuity, while neighbour (in a delightful standout performance) has to deal with her daughter’s abusive relationship to an undeserving boy while her own optimism seems to be out of place in her surroundings. How these characters interact, find each other and make their lives that much better is a frustrating, moving and eventually very satisfying experience that is worth every minute you spend in front of the screen.


Les Films Alain Sarde, Thin Man Films

United Kingdom/France, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by Mike Leigh

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2002, TIFF 2002

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