Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. United Kingdom, 1999. British Broadcasting Corporation, Kismet Film Company, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Revolution Films, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by David M. Thompson, Stewart Till. Music by Michael Nyman. Production Design by Mark Tildesley. Costume Design by Natalie Ward. Film Editing by Trevor Waite. Cannes Film Festival 1999. Toronto International Film Festival 1999.
Michael Winterbottom’s best-ever examination of working class London threatens to overtake Mike Leigh territory as he follows the lives of three very different sisters and all the wacky characters they meet. Gina McKee is a swinging single gal who goes out on countless blind dates, providing for endless stories that get more and more bizarre; Shirley Henderson tries to take care of her growing son while coping with an irresponsible ex-husband (Ian Hart); Molly Parker is the pregnant woman who is ready to pop at any second but also has to deal with husband’s concealing from her that he’s recently out of a job. These girls also have two parents, and they have their own miseries to deal with. The characterizations are all at turns funny, wise and completely odd, but always with a healthy dollop of warmth and humanity. Fantastic family drama, plus featuring beautiful handheld cinematography.