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

  • SKU: 21073395
  • Release Date: 05/28/2013
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

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

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mike Leigh is great

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    All mike leigh's films are wonderful and life is sweet is among the best. Although my absolute favorites are: Naked, Secrets & Lies, All or Nothing, and happy go Lucky. the only comparable director to leigh would be John Cassavettes who is an obvious inspiration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Release

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a great release of an excellent Mike Leigh film (if his least favorite).

    I would recommend this to a friend

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