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From seven-time Oscar nominee Mike Leigh comes this critically acclaimed slice of life starring Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Best Supporting Actor, Iris, 2001), Lesley Manville and Ruth Sheen. A happy couple for over thirty years, Tom (Broadbent) and Gerri (Sheen) act as a steady anchor to their unmarried circle of family and friends. But as the seasons change and another year passes, Tom and Gerri’s support is put to the test in this masterful look at life, love and the meaning of friendship.
Director Mike Leigh's gift for finding rich drama and humor in ordinary human lives remains as strong as ever in Another Year. Plot is almost nonexistent: Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen), a happy and settled couple, both support and try to fend off the neediness of their less fortunate friends--particularly Mary (Lesley Manville), whose fantasies of romance with Tom and Gerri's son Joe (Oliver Maltman) come crashing down when Joe brings home his new girlfriend Katie (Karina Fernandez). Leigh's ability to draw astoundingly fully realized performances from his superb casts can turn a simple bit of anxious flirting into nerve-wracking comedy, or make the audience feel the cruel sting of a sudden disappointment. Manville (who's appeared in previous Leigh movies, as has most of the cast) turns in a remarkably alive performance, making Mary's yearning and fears almost uncomfortably vivid--but everyone in the cast is thoroughly natural, with the ever-dependable Broadbent (familiar from Moulin Rouge and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Sheen anchoring the film with a quiet, confident affection. Another Year is a gentle addition to Leigh's oeuvre; it doesn't have the head-to-head conflict of Secrets and Lies or the musical fervor of Topsy-Turvy. This movie's emotions are more rueful and reflective, pondering the nature of contentment. Much as Happy-Go-Lucky questioned the essence of cheerfulness, Another Year asks, What makes one person able to find love, while another flounders? Not a common topic for a movie, but Mike Leigh is not a common filmmaker. --Bret Fetzer
Not Mike Leigh's finest film, in fact not even in his top ten, but anything he turns his hand to works for me, and this is still head and shoulders above the average recent movie,... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Rodney
I think Jim Broadbent is supberb, but this show is lacking and even he can't resurrect it. I was bored, as show is depressingly repetitive, but watched three fourths of it and then... Read morePublished 3 months ago by DebC
Terribly depressing. I like character driven dramas, but this one was hard to watch. Once again, I've learned that if the critics love it, I'm probably going to hate it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by hm
This is a very touching movie. It has it's joyful and sad moments. I found the film to be captivating. I liked the film so much I sent a copy to my sister. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A Bradford
Very well acted, but a little depressing as it portrays so many desperate and lost people.Published 5 months ago by Elliot
I wish I could have given this DVD a 5-star review, however when I received it (after several weeks of waiting), I couldn't play it because I got "Playback prohibited by area... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marsha Kracht
Carefully managed and insightful acting and direction.
A story whose enigmatic charecters linger after viewing.
One thing's for sure, this Blu-ray edition of Another Year looks and sounds sharp
as a tack, just a gorgeous, clean, clear print, one advantage of the new tech. Read more