Dir: Mike Leigh
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville
From Narry B.'s other reviews of Mike Leigh films, you'll know that he's a big fan. There's something about the awkward Britishness that reminds NB of his own childhood in a London orphanage in his pre-boxing days.
Another Year is classic Mike Leigh - it's face-cringing in the extreme as Mary slips deeper into a self-destructive cycle throughout the course of a year. This film is made for people who can stomach intense character studies, and see the funny side of it (the humorous side of it is helped along nicely by Jim Broadbent and comedienne Karina Fernandez). Are you that kind of person? No? Then go away.
Rating: Top Work!