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Life Is Sweet (1990)

R | | Comedy, Drama | December 1991 (USA)
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A shop assistant, her cook husband, & their twin daughters ponder their lives over a few weeks in a working-class suburb north of London.

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Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Alison Steadman ... Wendy
Jim Broadbent ... Andy
Claire Skinner ... Natalie
Jane Horrocks ... Nicola
Stephen Rea ... Patsy
Timothy Spall ... Aubrey
David Thewlis ... Nicola's Lover
Moya Brady Moya Brady ... Paula
David Neilson ... Steve
Harriet Thorpe ... Customer
Paul Trussell Paul Trussell ... Chef (as Paul Trussel)
Jack Thorpe Baker Jack Thorpe Baker ... Nigel
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Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on Andy, a cook who forever puts off home remodeling projects, and with a drunken friend, buys a broken down lunch wagon. Natalie, with short neat hair and a snappy, droll manner, is a plumber; she has a holiday planned in America, but little else. Last is Nicola, odd man out: a snarl, big glasses, cigarette, mussed hair, jittery fingers, bulimic, jobless, and unhappy. How they interact and play out family conflict and love is the film's subject. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

On-screen twins Jane Horrocks and Claire Skinner were, appropriately enough, born in the same year (1964), though roughly nine months apart. See more »

Quotes

Natalie: Come on, get in.
Wendy: What? Can't get it in the hole?
[laughs]
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1991 (1992) See more »

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Happy Holidays
By Rachel Portman and Julian Wastall
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Best film of the year
19 September 2001 | by dgtoneyjrSee all my reviews

What can I say that previous fans of this movie have not said yet? I think that Mike Leigh is the best filmmaker working today. So, I won't bother rehashing the story line.

I am convinced even thinking back to 1991, when it was released in the US, that Life is Sweet was the best of that year. That year was remembered more for, among others, Schindler's List, The Remains of the Day and The Piano.

Alison Steadman seemingly insensitive lighthearted outlook on the world -laughing after nearly every sentence she or others utter, which incredibly I never tired of (an amazing feat), is all just her way of dealing with life. She sees it for what it is. The scene where she explains to her daughter Nicola how much of a sacrifice that she and her husband have made for the sake of their family is one of the most touching I have seen between a mother and daughter. I felt as though I was eaves-dropping while watching it. What a pleasure!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1991 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,856, 27 October 1991

Gross USA:

$1,516,414

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,516,414
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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