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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

A big fan of the film was progressive TV producer Tony Garnett who produced Mike Leigh's next effort, Play for Today: Hard Labour (1973). See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Arena: Mike Leigh Making Plays (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Freight Train
(uncredited)
Written by Elizabeth Cotten, Paul James and Fred Williams
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Brilliant, insightful film
18 January 2003 | by sgoldgaberSee all my reviews

Mike Leigh is much more effective in "Bleak Moments" than his later, more popular efforts like "Secrets and Lies". The latter lacks much of the intensity and focus of this film.

The characters in Mike Leigh's films live in different, often isolated worlds. Some haltingly, painfully attempt to communicate and relate to one another. Others just blindly or blithely drift by. There is some caring, often much misunderstanding. In Leigh's later films the characters come to some reconciliation, but there is no such escape for them here. The movie is, true to its name, bleak.

Tom Noonan's "What Happened Was", which is highly recommended to anyone who likes this film, is really a working out of one critical "coffee and sherry" scene in Bleak Moments.

One of the best films I've seen in recent years. 10/10


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