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Another Year (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 4 February 2011 (USA)
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A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends.

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Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Broadbent ... Tom
Ruth Sheen ... Gerri
Lesley Manville ... Mary
Oliver Maltman ... Joe
Peter Wight ... Ken
David Bradley ... Ronnie
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Carl
Karina Fernandez ... Katie
Michele Austin ... Tanya
Phil Davis ... Jack
Imelda Staunton ... Janet
Stuart McQuarrie ... Tom's Colleague
Eileen Davies ... Mourner
Mary Jo Randle Mary Jo Randle ... Mourner
Ben Roberts Ben Roberts ... Mourner
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Storyline

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Medan åren går See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$111,869, 2 January 2011

Gross USA:

$3,205,706

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,722,766
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to Mike Leigh 's late friend and long-term producing partner Simon Channing Williams. See more »

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One of Mary's outlays on her troublesome car was for a new carburettor, but the vehicle in the film had fuel injection. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tanya: So how long's this been going on for?
Janet: I don't know.
Tanya: A few weeks?
Janet: A long time.
Tanya: A year?
Janet: I Suppose so.
Tanya: A whole year? You've taken your time to come and see me, haven't you?
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Deep, intense and compassionate slice out of life
21 October 2010 | by cliffhanley_See all my reviews

In Mike Leigh's new slice of life, Another Year, a married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their crumbling autumn days are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one seemingly average year by friends, colleagues, and family, many of whom appear to suffer some degree of unhappiness or at least confusion. The film is nicely segmented into chapters, following the seasons. All of life is there - from birth, to a funeral. Strangely, or conveniently, given the apparently troubled lives all round, She works as a psychotherapist, while He builds things, but both spend their spare time together growing vegetables in their allotment. Mary, the secretary in her clinic, takes over the centre of the story as she gradually moves into more of everyone's lives. Or perhaps it's just that the film gradually opens up the relationship that was already there. Just as it is with all the extra characters. As it's a Mike Leigh film, all the actors will all have been living "in character" for maybe six months before breezing through, stirring up the plot with their back story and emotional infrastructure.

Lesley Manville, as Mary, the lonely and unstable girl of a certain age - 40, going on 17, really steals this in the final part, which gets even more intense than the rest of it. One thing I noticed right away was that adding to the intensity of the Mike Leigh close-ups, it's all shot in high-definition digital. But in the end it's the total effect that works. The apparent non-acting. The marvellous thing about Leigh is the way he shows really ordinary people doing really ordinary things and makes them really important. He is so compassionate towards everyone in his stories. You just can't help caring, too.


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