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Life Is Sweet [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1990]

Release Date:05/28/2013
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    Special Features

    • New restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography Dick Pope, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack
    • New audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
    • Audio recording of a 1991 interview with Leigh at the National Film Theatre in London
    • Five short films written and directed by Leigh for the proposed television series Five-Minute Films, with a new audio introduction by Leigh
    • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt


    Life Is Sweet
    Mike Leigh's situation comedy about a lower middle-class family in the London suburbs is a slice-of-life chronicle that subtly reveals the pain and rage underneath the surface of day-to-day conventions. The youngish parents, Wendy (Alison Steadman) and Andy (Jim Broadbent) live with their 20-something twin daughters, Nicola (Jane Horrocks) and Natalie (Claire Skinner). Natalie, a plumber's assistant, is clean-cut and forever looks on the bright side of life. Nicola, who is unemployed, has nothing but contempt for conventionality. As the daughters deal with the obsessively sunny Wendy and the lackadaisical Andy, and confront a succession of ne'er-do-well friends and neighbors, a darker picture is painted of this normal family -- particularly Nicola, who is convinced she is fat and ugly (despite her emaciated appearance), with Natalie being a constant rebuke to her. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Alison Steadman
      Alison Steadman - Wendy
    • Jim Broadbent
      Jim Broadbent - Andy
    • Timothy Spall
      Timothy Spall - Aubrey
    • Claire Skinner
      Claire Skinner - Natalie
    • Jane Horrocks
      Jane Horrocks - Nicola

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