Life is Sweet

Life Is Sweet (1990)

Directed by Mike Leigh

Thur. May 30th, 2019  @ 7:30PM
100 E. Main Street, Downtown Ventura

This early example of Mike Leigh’s signature comedic-realist style follows a working-class family through a series of hilarious misfortunes during a few summer weeks in north London. Fostering improvisation among his actors develop characters from the inside out, Leigh layers the film with idiosyncratic personalities, including the vaudevillian shop clerk Wendy (Alison Steadman), her chef-turned-businessman husband, Andy (Jim Broadbent), and their constantly bickering twins, Natalie (Claire Skinner) and Nicola (Jane Horrocks). The story kicks into gear when Andy purchases a run-down fast-food van – a spontaneous decision that sends the family into chaos. “There are scenes here that are funnier than those of any other movie this year, and other scenes that weep with the pain of sad family secrets, and when it’s over we have seen some kind of masterpiece. This is one of the best films of the year.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.

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