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Another Year – Another Great Leigh Film

Posted 15 Feb 2011 — by Ezra Stead
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Ezra Stead

Another Year, UK, 2010

Written and Directed by Mike Leigh

Another Year is one of Leigh's best films.

British writer-director Mike Leigh is absolutely one of the most impressive filmmakers alive today. His method of working is unparalleled in its ability to create believable, fully realized characters and utterly realistic situations. What he does can be expressed quite simply, but is undoubtedly very difficult: he takes his time. He rehearses for months without a script, creating the characters and their situations with the actors through improvisations and other exercises and writing the script based on these insights. The result is that we see real people, whose lives begin before the film and go on after it, as opposed to the more utilitarian and one-dimensional characters usually seen in films.

This method had served Leigh and his actors (many of whom have been nominated for and won huge, prestigious awards as a result of their collaborations with him) extremely well over the years, in films like Vera Drake (2004), Secrets and Lies (1996) and Naked (1993), to name just a few. Now, with his latest film, Another Year, Leigh trains his incisive gifts on the desperate loneliness and terror of mortality that can come with incipient old age. Read More