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Release Date:
December 1991 (USA) See more »
A waitress, her cook husband, & their twin daughters ponder their lives over a few weeks in a working-class suburb north of London. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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 Trussell ... Chef (as Paul Trussel)
Jack Thorpe-Baker ... Nigel (as Jack Thorpe Baker)

Directed by
Mike Leigh 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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)
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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Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality
103 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
[Natalie and Nicola ponder having children]
Natalie:Well, I wouldn't fancy bringing one up on me own.
Nicola:It's better to be on your own than be with a bastard.
Natalie:Well, presumably you wouldn't *choose* a bastard in the first place if you had any sense!
Nicola:All men are bastards!
Nicola:They're all potential rapists!
Natalie:That's a bit sweeping!
Nicola:All men have got the ability to rape.
Natalie:Well they don't all do it, do they!
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Best film of the year, 19 September 2001
Author: ( from Pittsburgh, PA

What can I say that previous fans of this movie have not said yet? I think that Mike Leigh is the best filmmaker working today. So, I won't bother rehashing the story line.

I am convinced even thinking back to 1991, when it was released in the US, that Life is Sweet was the best of that year. That year was remembered more for, among others, Schindler's List, The Remains of the Day and The Piano.

Alison Steadman seemingly insensitive lighthearted outlook on the world -laughing after nearly every sentence she or others utter, which incredibly I never tired of (an amazing feat), is all just her way of dealing with life. She sees it for what it is. The scene where she explains to her daughter Nicola how much of a sacrifice that she and her husband have made for the sake of their family is one of the most touching I have seen between a mother and daughter. I felt as though I was eaves-dropping while watching it. What a pleasure!

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