Monday, February 7, 2011

"Another Year"

In general, I enjoy Mike Leigh's films, and Another Year is not an exception to this rule.  It spans a year in the lives of married couple Tom and Gerri as they deal with troubled friends, the death of a sister-in-law and meeting their son's new girlfriend.  Tom and Gerri seem like an ideal couple.  They enjoy gardening and cooking together, have a good relationship with their son, and are able to accept life as it comes.  Their friend Mary, however, has had one divorce and then wasted years involved with a married man who had no intention of leaving his wife.  During the time span of the movie she buys a car which brings her nothing but grief.  There's no narrative arc in this movie, it's just a slice of life, but an enjoyable one.

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