Directed by Mike Leigh | UK | 2010 | 129min
Through Mike Leigh’s lens, marriage becomes an emblem of the human condition, an opportunity to explore how we connect—or don’t—with each other. In his eleventh feature, Leigh focuses on Tom and Gerri (expertly played by Leigh regulars Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen). This relatively serene middle-aged couple displays a level of tenderness and good humor that makes them, by default, a sort of life raft for their mostly dysfunctional friends. The funniest and scariest of those is Gerri’s attractive coworker Mary (Leigh veteran Lesley Manville), whose desperate emotional neediness slowly turns her into a walking disaster area. This is Leigh at his calmly incisive best. Though brilliantly written, ANOTHER YEAR, like Leigh’s best films, feels organic in nature, refusing a single concession to tritely plotted melodrama, effortlessly accumulating the bittersweet truths of humans doing their best to live and love. - Telluride Film Festival
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