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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.

Director:

Mike Leigh

Writer:

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

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida é Doce See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,516,414
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

[Natalie and Nicola ponder having children]
Natalie: Well, I wouldn't fancy bringing one up on me own.
Nicola: It's better to be on your own than be with a bastard.
Natalie: Well, presumably you wouldn't *choose* a bastard in the first place if you had any sense!
Nicola: All men are bastards!
Natalie: *What*?
Nicola: They're all potential rapists!
Natalie: That's a bit sweeping!
Nicola: All men have got the ability to rape.
Natalie: Well they don't all do it, do they!
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heartbreakingly real...
19 November 2006 | by itspoopSee all my reviews

this is another one of those movies that i loved so much the first time i saw it, i cried in the theater, went home, came back the next day with a friend in tow.

unlike the other movies i did this with (raising Arizona, after hours), the person i saw it with actually got the movie the first time, and loved it as much as i did. yes, naked and Topsy turvy got all the praise, but this is my favorite Leigh movie. it is just so...sweet.

i would talk about this movie years after seeing it saying that it was so heartbreakingly real, if you cut the screen, it would bleed. the was something so compelling about everyone in this movie. someone said they were pathetic, but i couldn't say i saw it like that. they were just flawed people doing the best they could. to me that is so beautiful. for years i would wish that America had a real working class director like mike Leigh. someone who showed people struggling. we need it so very badly, as the aftermath of Katrina can attest to. we forget our poor over here.

the funniest thing was i wold watch this movie when i got depressed, and it made me feel less alone. it cheered me up.


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