Life Is Sweet

Synopsis: Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on Andy, a cook who forever puts off home remodeling projects, and with a drunken friend, buys a broken down lunch wagon. Natalie, with short neat hair and a snappy, droll manner, is a plumber; she has a holiday planned in America, but little else. Last is Nicola, odd man out: a snarl, big glasses, cigarette, mussed hair, jittery fingers, bulimic, jobless, and unhappy. How they interact and play out family conflict and love is the film's subject.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mike Leigh
Production: Republic Pictures Home Video
  8 wins & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
88
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
R
Year:
1990
103 min
264 Views


off a bit

Shut up

Well

Don't listen to her

Nat -

What?

Did you get

me those fags?

No

Why not?

I told you, if you want to smoke

you can get your own fags

Well could you lend

me some money?

How much?

A tenner

What's it for?

Alright, a fiver

Well what do

you want it for?

Mind your

own business

Suit yourself

You'll be charging

interest next

Yeah it's a

good idea

Capitalist

When did you

get that?

This morning

it's alright isn't it?

Nah, it looks like

a tea towel

Yeah I was quite

pleased with it myself

Hey Andy guess what

What?

I woke up this morning, I felt a little bit

what's it y'know and I thought to myself

Oh blimey don't tell me

I'm in the family way

Oh Jesus Christ

What's the family way

supposed to mean?

You know

what it means

No, I know what

pregnant means

You don't half

talk some rubbish

Well, silly

little sayings

Oh shut up

You shut up

I was lying there Andy

I thought to myself

Aw I would love

another little baby

You're too old to have

a baby ain't you?

Course not

You may not be

I am

You wouldn't see me

for dust, I tell you

Oh don't Andy

don't be rotten

Typical, typical man

Oh shut up, what do

you know about men?

Enough

Anyway I thought

to myself ah nevermind

I'll just have to wait

till I'm a Grandma

You're going to have a long wait

Yeah

Eh?

Who would want them?

Oh that's nice

Stick a couple of brown paper

bags over their heads

Might be able to flog them

off cheap, sight unseen

Anyway I'm not

going to waste my life

No? What're you

doing now then?

Contributing a great deal aren't you

sitting around on your arse all day

Yeah well I'm

thinking about it

Oh yeah thinking about it that's the easy bit isn't it

anyone can do that it's doing it that's difficult

Bollocks

Nicola

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Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh (born 20 February 1943) is an English writer and director of film and theatre. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) before honing his directing skills at East 15 Acting School and further at the Camberwell School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design. He began as a theatre director and playwright in the mid-1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s his career moved between theatre work and making films for BBC Television, many of which were characterised by a gritty "kitchen sink realism" style. His well-known films include the comedy-dramas Life is Sweet (1990) and Career Girls (1997), the Gilbert and Sullivan biographical film Topsy-Turvy (1999), and the bleak working-class drama All or Nothing (2002). His most notable works are the black comedy-drama Naked (1993), for which he won the Best Director Award at Cannes, the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA and Palme d'Or-winning drama Secrets & Lies (1996), the Golden Lion winning working-class drama Vera Drake (2004), and the Palme d'Or nominated biopic Mr. Turner (2014). Some of his notable stage plays include Smelling A Rat, It's A Great Big Shame, Greek Tragedy, Goose-Pimples, Ecstasy, and Abigail's Party.Leigh is known for his lengthy rehearsal and improvisation techniques with actors to build characters and narrative for his films. His purpose is to capture reality and present "emotional, subjective, intuitive, instinctive, vulnerable films." His aesthetic has been compared to the sensibility of the Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu. His films and stage plays, according to critic Michael Coveney, "comprise a distinctive, homogenous body of work which stands comparison with anyone's in the British theatre and cinema over the same period." Coveney further noted Leigh's role in helping to create stars – Liz Smith in Hard Labour, Alison Steadman in Abigail's Party, Brenda Blethyn in Grown-Ups, Antony Sher in Goose-Pimples, Gary Oldman and Tim Roth in Meantime, Jane Horrocks in Life is Sweet, David Thewlis in Naked—and remarked that the list of actors who have worked with him over the years—including Paul Jesson, Phil Daniels, Lindsay Duncan, Lesley Sharp, Kathy Burke, Stephen Rea, Julie Walters – "comprises an impressive, almost representative, nucleus of outstanding British acting talent." Ian Buruma, writing in The New York Review of Books in January 1994, noted: "It is hard to get on a London bus or listen to the people at the next table in a cafeteria without thinking of Mike Leigh. Like other wholly original artists, he has staked out his own territory. Leigh's London is as distinctive as Fellini's Rome or Ozu's Tokyo." more…

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