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Life Is Sweet
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December 1991 (USA) See more »
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Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop... See more » | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Unpretentious but unforgettable domestic drama. See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alison Steadman ... Wendy

Jim Broadbent ... Andy

Claire Skinner ... Natalie

Jane Horrocks ... Nicola

Stephen Rea ... Patsy

Timothy Spall ... Aubrey

David Thewlis ... Nicola's Lover
Moya Brady ... Paula
David Neilson ... Steve

Harriet Thorpe ... Customer
Paul Trussel ... Chef
Jack Thorpe-Baker ... Nigel

Directed by
Mike Leigh 
 
Writing credits
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Mike Leigh 

Produced by
Simon Channing Williams .... producer
 
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope 
 
Film Editing by
Jon Gregory 
 
Casting by
Sue Whatmough 
 
Production Design by
Alison Chitty 
 
Art Direction by
Sophie Becher 
 
Costume Design by
Lindy Hemming 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Blundell .... hair stylist (as Chris Blundell)
Christine Blundell .... makeup artist (as Chris Blundell)
Carolyne Walsh .... hair stylist
Carolyne Walsh .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lorraine Goodman .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Gilchrist .... third assistant director
Gus Maclean .... first assistant director
Hedda Moore .... fourth assistant director
Simon Moseley .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
David Balfour .... property master
Trisha Edwards .... production buyer
Patrick Harkins .... stand-by props
Bill Howe .... stand-by rigger
Piero Jamieson .... dressing props
Eddie Klima .... carpenter
Ken Marples .... construction manager
Greg Mason .... painter
Bob Starrett .... stand-by carpenter
Steve Wheeler .... stand-by props
Debbie Wilson .... art department assistant (as Deborah Wilson)
Mark White .... construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sue Baker .... dubbing editor
Malcolm Hirst .... sound recordist
Dick Lewzey .... sound engineer
Peter Maxwell .... dubbing mixer
Andrew Morris .... boom operator
Julian Rodd .... foley editor
Penny Woolley .... assistant dubbing editor
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucy Bristow .... clapper loader
Martin Duncan .... best boy gaffer
John Gardey .... additional still photographer
Bill Howe .... stand-by rigger
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Len O'Brien .... generator operator
Dave Owen .... electrician
John Parsons .... gaffer
Dick Pope .... camera operator
Gary Turnbull .... focus puller
Jay Williams .... camera grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Black .... wardrobe supervisor
Debbie Scott .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Stephens Evans .... first assistant editor
Jackie Vance .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
David Snell .... conductor
David Snell .... music producer
 
Transportation Department
Phil Allchin .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Joan Atkinson .... additional script supervisor
Joey Bishop .... jobfit trainee
James Bloom .... production runner
Sandy Garfield .... food advisor
Lynne Gruddis .... assistant to producer
Deborah Harding .... production coordinator
Juanita Parker .... assistant accountant
Nicholas Shaw .... rehearsal production runner
Eve Stewart .... thin man logo designer
Heather Storr .... script supervisor
Peter Tullo .... location manager
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Fiona Walsh .... jobfit trainee
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality
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103 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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The menu of the Regret Rien restaurant includes: Black Pudding and Camembert Soup, Boiled Bacon Comsommé, Saveloy on a Bed of Lychees, Liver in Lager, Pork Cyst, Clams in Ham with Pan-Fried Cocke-based Sauce, Prune Quiche, King Prawn (just one) in Jam Sauce, Duck in Chocolate Sauce, Tongues in a Rhubarb Hollandaise, Tripe Soufflé, Quails on a Bed of Spinach and Treacle, Kidney Vols-au-vent, Chilled Brains, Prune Quiche, Grilled Trotter with Eggs Over EasySee more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Unpretentious but unforgettable domestic drama., 5 September 1999
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This unpredictable and hard-hitting film follows the lives of the fascinating characters who make up a lower-middle-class family. A character-based story, there really isn't a plot, as there isn't a plot in our everyday lives, but it is all the more interesting for that.

The parents are amicable beings: the mother Wendy a chirpy, motherly character (very well-acted), the father incredibly laid-back, yet hard-working at a job he hates. Their two daughters are like chalk and cheese: Natalie, a plumber, is quiet and practical (I thought she was a boy at first: hers is a curiously unsexed character) while Nicola is a complete mess.

The ugliness of true life is shown beside its mundane beauty. The shocking scenes of Nicola's self-torture (she is a secret bulimic) are juxtaposed with scenes of the mother dusting, and the ordinary cheerfulness of the rest of the family. A bizarre family friend, Aubrey, and his dream of running his own restaurant provide a subplot of sorts, but the domestic drama is far more interesting.

Horricks gives a startling good performance as the disturbed Nicola: she drips with self-loathing, but inspires pity. The most poignant scene is one in which her boyfriend, no Einstein himself, becomes fed up with her intense sexual demands, and asks her to prove her intelligence by having a real conversation with him. Nicola, whom we know is intelligent, cannot bring herself to do this: she is compelled to always show herself in the worst light. She can only mutter 'I AM intelligent' in a voice of despair. The boyfriend departs, leaving her in a state of even more intense self-hatred and depression. It is hard-hitting scenes like this one which stick in the memory.

The mother, Wendy, who appears a scatterbrain at first, emerges as a dignified, wise and compassionate woman, as she responds in a touching scene to her troubled daughter Nicola.

It's such a plain-looking film, yet it is striking because of the intensity of its characters, and the honesty of director Mike Leigh's observations. Although life is hard for the family, it is also sweet. That, I think, is Leigh's message.

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