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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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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 Mike Leigh in Conversation (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunshine and Dreams
(uncredited)
Music by Syd Dale
KPM Music Ltd
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Lots of subtext per usual Mike Leigh, not much text
27 December 2010 | by bob_megSee all my reviews

Netflix has most of Mike Leigh's earlier films, including his early BBC films, available for on-demand streaming, so I thought I'd check out his debut feature, being a fan.

The absence of artifice in Leigh's films is always very refreshing. You never get the Hollywood "sheen" on the story. Even when he uses Names, the performances never seem like performances, but rather a scene you would most likely walk in on if you opened the front door of any house at random.

That lack of artifice is particularly glaring in Bleak Moments and one can't help but wonder if this was part of what Leigh was trying to get across: the conversations appear to be shot in first-take improvisational style and if things happen, they do, and if they don't, they don't. He isn't going to force an unnatural performance and you shouldn't expect one, either.

There's a lot going on in these pregnant pauses, however, and many shadings of self-consciousness to sift through before you glimpse the tortured soul behind each character. It is a subtle and classy trick, as other have pointed out, that the least self-conscious and therefore joyous character is developmentally-disabled Hilda.

Occasionally Leigh will show-off a bit, and to good effect, particularly in the fast cut group of headshots prior to Sylvia and Peter's date, but for the most part he plays it cool and just lets us bask in the glow of some great, naturalistic acting.


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