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NUTS IN MAY

UK, 1976 (MIFF 1989, Mike Leigh Retrospective)

Director: Mike Leigh

A 'post-hippie' couple take a camping holiday in Devon, determined to escape the bustle of the city. Leigh's brilliantly observed comedy will have you loathing the officious husband within minutes, but ultimately caring for their frightened interdependence in a hostile world.

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