Directed by: Mike Leigh
Staring: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Oliver Maltman and Lesley Manville
A richly rewarding Oscar nominated ensemble drama from director Mike Leigh conveying sweetness, gentleness and sadness, about family and friends as we follow the four seasons passing. Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen play Tom and Gerri, a happily married and content middle-aged couple whose home has become a magnet for lost souls. It is their relationship with Mary, a lonely divorcee, in particular which makes us think are they really a sane, nice couple or are they complacent and self-satisfied?
With strong performances Leigh wrings drama from domestic details such as a fraught drive to a station, and this compassionate film’s power creeps up on you and is deeply involving.