Another Year

It seems that with each new film, Mike Leigh gives us a performance and a performer to add to the lexicon of great cinematic creations. Imelda Staunton was not widely known outside of the United Kingdom before Vera Drake; Sally Hawkins won us over with whimsy in Happy-Go-Lucky; and now there is Lesley Manville’s achingly desperate performance in Another Year. Although this is more of a large ensemble piece than most of Leigh’s films, it is Manville who dominates the screen—no small feat for a movie that also features Jim Broadbent. While Leigh, the great English improvisational filmmaker, continues to showcase the real problems of realistic characters, Another Year doesn’t have the oomph of his best work.

Credits

Director:

  • Mike Leigh

Cast:

  • Jim Broadbent
  • Ruth Sheen
  • Lesley Manville
  • Oliver Maltman
  • Peter Wight
  • David Bradley
  • Martin Savage
  • Karina Fernandez
  • Michele Austin
  • Phil Davis
  • Imelda Staunton

Producers:

  • Georgina Lowe
  • Gail Egan
  • Tessa Ross

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