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Life Is Sweet ()


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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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Wendy
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Andy
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Natalie
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Nicola
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Patsy
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Aubrey
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Nicola's Lover
Moya Brady ...
Paula
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Steve
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Customer
Paul Trussell ...
Chef (as Paul Trussel)
Jack Thorpe Baker ...
Nigel

Directed by

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Mike Leigh

Written by

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Mike Leigh ... ()

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Simon Channing Williams ... producer

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Rachel Portman

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Dick Pope

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Jon Gregory

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Stephens Evans ... first assistant editor
Jackie Vance ... second assistant editor

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Sue Whatmough

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Alison Chitty

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Sophie Becher

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Lindy Hemming

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Christine Blundell ... hair stylist (as Chris Blundell) / makeup artist (as Chris Blundell)
Carolyne Walsh ... hair stylist / makeup artist

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Lorraine Goodman ... production supervisor

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David Gilchrist ... third assistant director
Gus Maclean ... first assistant director
Hedda Moore ... fourth assistant director
Simon Moseley ... second assistant director

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David Balfour ... property master
Trisha Edwards ... production buyer
Patrick Harkins ... stand-by props
Bill Howe ... stand-by rigger
Piero Jamieson ... dressing props
Eddie Klima ... carpenter
Ken Marples ... construction manager
Greg Mason ... painter
Bob Starrett ... stand-by carpenter
Steve Wheeler ... stand-by props
Debbie Wilson ... art department assistant (as Deborah Wilson)
Mark White ... construction (uncredited)

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Sue Baker ... dubbing editor
Malcolm Hirst ... sound recordist
Dick Lewzey ... sound engineer
Peter Maxwell ... dubbing mixer
Andrew Morris ... boom operator
Julian Rodd ... foley editor
Penny Woolley ... assistant dubbing editor
Steve Hancock ... sound camera operator (uncredited)

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Peter Brayham ... stunt arranger

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Lucy Bristow ... clapper loader
Martin Duncan ... best boy gaffer
John Gardey ... additional still photographer
Bill Howe ... stand-by rigger
Simon Mein ... still photographer
Len O'Brien ... generator operator
Dave Owen ... electrician
John Parsons ... gaffer
Dick Pope ... camera operator
Gary Turnbull ... focus puller
Jay Williams ... camera grip

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Anthony Black ... wardrobe supervisor
Debbie Scott ... assistant costume designer

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Peter Tullo ... location manager

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David Snell ... conductor / music producer

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Phil Allchin ... unit driver

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Chris Allies ... title designer
Joan Atkinson ... additional script supervisor
Joey Bishop ... jobfit trainee
James Bloom ... production runner
Sandy Garfield ... food advisor
Lynne Gruddis ... assistant to producer
Deborah Harding ... production coordinator
Juanita Parker ... assistant accountant
Nicholas Shaw ... rehearsal production runner
Eve Stewart ... thin man logo designer
Heather Storr ... script supervisor
Will Tyler ... production accountant
Fiona Walsh ... jobfit trainee
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Das Leben ist süß (Germany)
  • La vida es dulce (Spain)
  • Et herlig liv (Norway)
  • La vida es formidable (Argentina)
  • Az élet olyan édes (Hungary)
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  • 103 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia David Thewlis was disappointed at being given such a small role, so Mike Leigh promised him that the next time he considered Thewlis for a role in a film, "he'd be given a fair slice of the pie." Thewlis would be cast as the lead in Leigh's next film Naked (1993), and win an award for his performance. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Other People's Money/Ernest Scared Stupid/City of Hope/Life Is Sweet (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Happy Holidays 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!
Nicola: But they've got the ability; they've got the desire.
Natalie: That's paranoid rubbish!
Nicola: What d'you know about paranoia?
Natalie: Well, not half as much as you do, I'll give you that.
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