Another Year (2010)
Critic Consensus: Characterized by strong performances and the director's trademark feel for the nuances of everyday life, Another Year marks another solid entry in Mike Leigh's career of kitchen-sink English drama.
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Critic Reviews for Another Year
There is something radical in the way Leigh creates such an intimate, closely observed portrait of a marriage and then essentially takes it for granted, looking elsewhere for the drama to propel the narrative.
This humane movie is an ode to joy, albeit of the mature sort.
Desperation and fulfillment, anxiety and warmth, pain and contentment -- all come together in the darkly splendid Another Year.
Make no mistake: Another Year is brilliant, heart-breaking, life-affirming and ceaselessly engrossing. It's as deeply felt and humane a work of cinema as anything by Zhang Yimou, Federico Fellini or Ingmar Bergman.
Audience Reviews for Another Year
A fascinating drama that slowly grows on us with a simple yet nuanced story that follows a year in the life of normal people. The whole cast is fantastic, and Lesley Manville deserves an Oscar for her outstanding performance as Mary the eccentric friend.
A couple's dysfunctional friends have problems associated with depression and failed relationships. Mike Leigh's films are character pieces that occasionally revolve around a theme, but Another Year lacks a central theme or compelling characters. The film is episodic, and the central characters, played by Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville, survive the film without any profound challenges or conflicts. In essence, they are perfect and everyone around them are fucked up, which makes them boring sticks in the wind. The other characters fail to compel any great emotion. I've read other reviewers whose positive reviews suggest that this film is an affirmation of life. Besides the fact that affirmations of life don't do much for a cynical old bastard like me, true affirmations of life come because one is challenged and survives, not because one looks detached at others' troubles. Overall, I'm starting to give up on Mike Leigh, especially after that Happy Go Lucky shit.
More aptly titled Another 100 Years. One long slog of misery. I kept watching because of all the fine actors in this but it was grindingly downbeat. I've watched other Mike Leigh films so was prepared for a somber tone but this one took it to the extreme. Dreary.
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