Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Apr 7, 2019
7:30pm

BLEAK, BUT NEVER BORING: LIFE ACCORDING TO MIKE LEIGH
Double Feature!
LIFE IS SWEET / HIGH HOPES
Presented with the support of British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.
LIFE IS SWEET
1990, Park Circus, 103 min, UK, Dir: Mike Leigh

This early example of Mike Leigh’s signature comedic-realist style follows a working-class family through a series of hilarious misfortunes during a few summer weeks in North London. Fostering improvisation among his actors to develop characters from the inside out, Leigh layers the film with idiosyncratic personalities, including the vaudevillian shop clerk Wendy (Alison Steadman), her naive chef-turned-businessman husband, Andy (Jim Broadbent), and their constantly bickering twins, Natalie (Claire Skinner) and Nicola (Jane Horrocks). The story kicks into gear when Andy purchases a run-down food truck - a spontaneous decision that sends the family into chaos. “There are scenes here that are funnier than those of any other movie this year, and other scenes that weep with the pain of sad family secrets, and when it's over we have seen some kind of masterpiece. This is one of the best films of the year.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


HIGH HOPES
1988, Park Circus, 108 min, UK, Dir: Mike Leigh

This charming look at life in a working-class London neighborhood centers on Cyril (Phil Davis) and Shirley (Ruth Sheen). She wants a baby but Cyril, a socialist who feels defeated by Thatcherism, is reluctant. Providing the couple with both support and vexation are an extended family including Cyril’s pretentious sister (Heather Tobias) and their increasingly forgetful mum (Edna Dore). “Bluesy and sneaky funny, Mike Leigh's British comedy HIGH HOPES is about as exhilarating as a movie about a bone-deep malaise can be.” – Hal Hinson, Washington Post.


Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sun, Apr 7, 2019 • 7:30pm

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