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MEANTIME

UK, 1983 (MIFF 1984)

Director: Mike Leigh

Though beautifully made and acted, "Meantime" is definitely I minority-audience film. It concerns an East End family Husband, wife, two grown sons, Mark a cynic, and Colin, a bit simple-minded. The three men are all out of work, and they live a shabby, bored existence on welfare.

A sister married a successfui businessman and has escaped this environment. In scene after scene, Leigh and his wonderful actors bring tumour and pathos to the most banal everyday situations, though he doesn't so much tell a story as cover a series of loosely connected incidents; a fine example of contemporary British realism.

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SEACOAL

UK, 1985
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The Short and Curlies

UK, 1987
In between serving cough pastels and contraceptives at the chemist's, Joy dreams of the perfect man. Over at the hairdresser's, Betty has the same pre occupation for herself and her daughter Charlene ... More »

HIGH HOPES

UK, 1988
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BLEAK MOMENTS

UK, 1971
Adapted from his 1970 stage production, Bleak Moments not only represents Mike Leigh's feature film debut but also establishes the characteristic method of mood of his output, a stylistic signature w… More »

THE KISS OF DEATH

UK, 1977
This tale of young love focuses on the romantic ebb of love in the life of a rather shambling undertaker's assistant. ... More »

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