An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly retarded man living with his parents and brother in a housing ... See full summary »
A short comedy by Mike Leigh about the romance between a young woman and a man who communicates only through jokes and humor. The story is told as a series of very short vignettes between ... See full summary »
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Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and ... See full summary »
Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket. Their daughter Rachel cleans in a home for ... See full summary »
Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to... See full summary »
Rachel discovers she is pregnant. Just as she is about to break the news to her stockbroker boyfriend Bill, he dumps her. Heartbroken and angry, Rachel takes Bill's cherished sports car, ... See full summary »
Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ... See full summary »
Career girls opens with a train journey towards London's Kings Cross where Annie, one of the major characters is about to meet her old university friend Hannah. She recalls moving into a grotty student flat with Hannah in the mid-eighties. In those days Annie was self conscious and jumpy. The pair have not seen one another since graduation. They both now have moderately successful careers and are, at least on the surface, self assured in their new lives. However, they are still carrying a lot of emotional baggage from their university days. During the course of a weekend they rediscover their close friendship and encounter many faces from the past. Written by
Does "Career Girls" confirm Mike Leigh as being a true genius?
With "Career Girls," Mike Leigh almost reaches the sheer greatness of his 1995 picture "Secrets & Lies," with yet another thought provoking study of modern British life. Ignore the sneers and criticisms that some critics felt the film deserved on its release:- They either weren't paying enough attention, or simply didn't understand what was going on. Although it's true that "Career Girls" lacks the more conventional plotting of his earlier film, Leigh is able to make up for it in this film's character studies and wonderfully observational dialogue. The 'Story' is relativly simple; the film charts the ups and downs of two London polytechnic students, Hannah and Annie, during the mid to late 1980's, interweaving their day to day lives in with their lives today, seven years later in the 1990's, when they decide to meet up again for the weekend in London. During the forty eight hours they spend together, a series of coincidences reconcile them with faces from their student lives, digging up a mixture of bad and good memories all over again. Doesn't sound interesting? Well, actually, it's a marvellous film. Amongst the dozens of observations Leigh makes in the movie's 90 minute running time is the way that, although many years have past since our protagonists have been together, the difficult and often painful relationship between them is still very much alive and kicking. It even creates parallels between events that occurred years ago to events that occur during the weekend over which much of the movie is set, suggesting all the more that perhaps people and relationships can never truly change, and that time isn't such a healer after all. The performances are nearly always excellent, with the two leads giving it all they've got in semi-spontaneous roles. Leigh's direction always keeps the viewer entertained and involved, and his usage of gorgeous colour to represent the change in eras is perfect; the usage of a blue tint for the 1980's scenes is a stroke of genius, and adds a suitably cold and harsh tone to the sequences. There's also plenty of humour in there too, including a wonderful series of scenes where our two girls pay a visit to a most peculiar apartment owner on the London Docklands. "Career Girls" is another absolute, utterly rewatchable gem from Mike Leigh, and, following on from such classics as "Naked," and, indeed, "Secrets and Lies," the only assumption I can make about the Stafford-born filmmaker is that if he isn't a true genius, he must be on the verge of being one!
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