LIFE IS SWEET (Mike Leigh, 1990)

Fresh, largely improvised, achingly sad and funny, at times overwhelmingly so, Life Is Sweet may be writer-director Mike Leigh’s most wonderful film. It revolves around a lower middle-class family in a London suburb in the last gasp of Margaret Thatcher’s socioeconomically demented prime ministership. Wendy (Alison Steadman, in the midst of her 28-year marriage to […]