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Bleak Moments (1971)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1971 (UK)
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Moments from the uncompromisingly bleak existence of a secretary, her retarded sister, aloof and uneasy teacher boyfriend, bizzare neighbour and irritating workmate.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Raitt ...
Sylvia
Sarah Stephenson ...
Hilda
Eric Allan ...
Peter
Joolia Cappleman ...
Pat
Mike Bradwell ...
Liz Smith ...
Pat's Mother
Malcolm Smith ...
Norman's friend
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Norman's friend
Christopher Martin ...
Sylvia's Boss
Linda Beckett ...
Remedial Trainee
Sandra Bolton ...
Remedial Trainee
Stephen Churchett ...
Remedial Trainee
Una Brandon-Jones ...
Supervisor
Ronald Eng ...
Waiter
Reginald Stewart ...
Man in Restaurant
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Moments from the uncompromisingly bleak existence of a secretary, her retarded sister, aloof and uneasy teacher boyfriend, bizzare neighbour and irritating workmate. Written by JCB

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Comedy | Drama

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Dream Fantasy
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Music by Syd Dale
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An excellent film
14 May 1999 | by (Hull, UK) – See all my reviews

Bleak Moments, by Mike Leigh, is an outstanding piece of modern cinema. The characterisation in his first film for the big screen is rich, and as always Leigh mixes the serious and dramatic elements of his film with realism and humour. The film focuses on a woman caring for her mentally retarded sister whilst trying to strike up a relationship with an inhibited schoolteacher. The film avoids unnecessary sentimentality; the relationship between the characters seems as much taken from reality as from dramatic creation.

Some of the film's inherent humour is tremendous, but most noticeable is its accurate but dramatic portrayal of life through the characters' eyes. Mike Leigh may have made more accessible films later on, but this is as good as any of his later works.


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