Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom, 1990. British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Thin Man Films. Screenplay by Mike Leigh. Cinematography by Dick Pope. Produced by Simon Channing Williams. Music by Rachel Portman. Production Design by Alison Chitty. Costume Design by Lindy Hemming. Film Editing by Jon Gregory. Independent Spirit Awards 1991.
Fans of Mike Leigh’s brilliant Secrets And Lies should definitely check out this less impressive but still excellent examination of a working-class British family. Mom Alison Steadman (Mrs. Leigh in real life at the time) is trying to keep it together and maybe even inspire the rest of her family to have her positive outlook on life. Not so easy with her one daughter (Jane Horrocks) who seems to have too much bitterness that she wants to take out on her family members, unlike her twin sister (Claire Skinner) who just seems happy enough to live and let live. Jim Broadbent is compelling as the father of the family. Told in Leigh’s usual non-plot-oriented style, it features terrific acting and a beautifully emotional outcome.