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What it does have is an overwhelming bittersweet melancholy at the passing of life from middle age into...well, you could call it late middle age.
Leigh's Another Year is like a long, purifying soak in empathy.
Just watch the magnificent Manville, in a raw and riveting award-class performance that exposes a grieving heart under siege. Her last scene is quietly devastating. So is this intimate miracle of a movie.
Love and loneliness are presented, in almost equal parts, with subdued precision in the richly abundant Another Year.
It all comes down to affirmation vs. denial. Leigh chooses affirmation. And the result is life-affirming.
It's as subversive and penetrating a treatment of the British character as we get on the big screen, and it's why I don't mind that Leigh keeps them coming 'round with the reliability of the cocktail hour.
The perfect haven from the cheap ironies and cruel indifference we all have to field both in life and, far too often, at the movies.
A gutsy movie, in that Leigh says something about life that nobody really wants to believe, and he says it forcefully: There is such a thing as "too late."
Another Year is a stacked deck of a movie that draws a harshly unforgiving, sometimes smug line between boomers who've made good and those who've fallen by the wayside.
Mike Leigh's latest film preserves the mystery of why another marriage has flourished over decades. That's not the stated subject of Another Year, but it's at the center of this enjoyable though insistently schematic comedy.
Acutely observed but gloomy and lacking narrative, it tells of 12 months in the life of a decent but dull suburban couple and their friends, most of whom you would go out of your way to avoid at a party.

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