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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)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Directorial debut of Mike Leigh. See more »

Quotes

Peter: Which do you find easier, eh, watching television or radio?
Sylvia: I find it easier watching the radio.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The South Bank Show: Mike Leigh (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Goose Pimples
(uncredited)
Music by Syd Dale
KPM Music Ltd
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User Reviews

An excellent film
14 May 1999 | by sami-11See all my reviews

Bleak Moments, by Mike Leigh, is an outstanding piece of modern cinema. The characterisation in his first film for the big screen is rich, and as always Leigh mixes the serious and dramatic elements of his film with realism and humour. The film focuses on a woman caring for her mentally retarded sister whilst trying to strike up a relationship with an inhibited schoolteacher. The film avoids unnecessary sentimentality; the relationship between the characters seems as much taken from reality as from dramatic creation.

Some of the film's inherent humour is tremendous, but most noticeable is its accurate but dramatic portrayal of life through the characters' eyes. Mike Leigh may have made more accessible films later on, but this is as good as any of his later works.


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Details

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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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