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Bleak Moments (1971)

Moments from the uncompromisingly bleak existence of a secretary, her intellectually disabled sister, aloof and uneasy teacher boyfriend, bizarre neighbor and irritating workmate.

Director:

Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh (scenario)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Raitt Anne Raitt ... Sylvia
Sarah Stephenson Sarah Stephenson ... Hilda
Eric Allan Eric Allan ... Peter
Joolia Cappleman Joolia Cappleman ... Pat
Mike Bradwell Mike Bradwell ... Norman
Liz Smith ... Pat's mother
Malcolm Smith Malcolm Smith ... Norman's friends
Donald Sumpter ... Norman's friends
Christopher Martin Christopher Martin ... Sylvia's boss
Linda Beckett Linda Beckett ... Remedial trainees
Sandra Bolton Sandra Bolton ... Remedial trainees
Stephen Churchett ... Remedial trainees
Una Brandon-Jones Una Brandon-Jones ... Supervisor
Ronald Eng Ronald Eng ... Waiter
Reginald Stewart Reginald Stewart ... Man in restaurant
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Storyline

Moments from the uncompromisingly bleak existence of a secretary, her intellectually disabled sister, aloof and uneasy teacher boyfriend, bizarre neighbor and irritating workmate. Written by JCB

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Loving Moments See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Mike Leigh. See more »

Crazy Credits

"Any similarity between characters in this film and persons living or dead is entirely intentional." See more »

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Soundtracks

Goose Pimples
(uncredited)
Music by Syd Dale
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Bleak moments indeed
23 January 2016 | by Martin BradleySee all my reviews

Seldom has a movie been more aptly titled than Mike Leigh's debut "Bleak Moments". It's the story of Sylvia, (an excellent Anne Raitt), an attractive but lonely spinster who lives with her mentally challenged sister and whose life is indeed a series of bleak moments in which nothing very much happens. Most of Leigh's early works have been bleakly funny and, more often than not, uncomfortably so as if we are being invited to laugh at the sad sacks who make up his world rather than empathize with them and "Bleak Moments" certainly sets the tone for what was to follow. This is a grim and not very pleasant picture chock full of grim and not very pleasant people. It's brilliantly acted, (Leigh has always been a great director of actors), but it's not an easy movie to like.


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