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1h 38min
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Synopsis:
'Life is Sweet' is the remarkable story of an unremarkable British family told in the classic tragi-comedy style that is uniquely Mike Leigh's. It covers issues of unemployment, anorexia, failure, nervous breakdown, and hope, as they affect one suburban London family and their friends and acquaintances. The characters and story were created with and by the actors - giving a special edge and momentum to the unfolding events.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Simon Channing-Williams
Writers:
Mike Leigh
Studio:
Spirit Entertainment
Genres:
British Films, Comedy
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/03/2008
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/05/2012
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
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Reviews (3) of Life is Sweet

Mike Leigh gets darker - beautiful film - Life is Sweet review by CP Customer

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06/06/2009

This sees Mike Leigh delving a little deeper and a little darker than in some of his earlier films. The subject matter is loosely the same, a dysfunctional family living on the bread-line, with well drawn divisions between the characters. Lots of heart-aching and lots of laughter, this is a beautiful if uncomfortable modern-day saga. It is not a film that anyone should regret seeing.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

saccharine - Life is Sweet review by JD

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05/11/2009

The beauty of this film is the characterisations. Some are quite bazaar but utterly convincing. The gentle interactions and reactions. The problem is that the plot rambles on never really in any way gripping and pulling the senses.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Nineties Zeitgeist. - Life is Sweet review by Steve

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Updated 01/03/2021

While the box office rewarded the gross-out comedy through the nineties, Mike Leigh continued to make acutely observed crystallisations of the state of England, often profound and with a huge emotional undertow.

Life is Sweet is set in Essex as Thatcher slipped out of power. Jim Broadbent is a comic figure, the man who got on his bike looking for work, who never gave up, but never really got anywhere. He has two daughters, the excellent Jane Horrocks as a secret bulimic, and Clare Skinner, a plumber who looks to America for cultural inspiration.

This film has a hero, the mother played by Alison Steadman who keeps all these diverse fragments together, showing resourcefulness and an eloquence that no one will ever recognise or reward because it is spent in the home. Steadman's performance is inspirational and hugely poignant, particularly in a scene where she tries to motivate a depressed Horrocks with a description of how her own life has played out; really the only time she shows her own heart, but selflessly and unsentimentally.

It is a superb portrayal by Steadman of a different kind of working class hero, the best part of what is otherwise already a fine film.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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