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Life Is Sweet

Mike Leigh

 
Life Is Sweet (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1990
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #659

This invigorating film from Mike Leigh was his first international sensation. Melancholy and funny by turns, it is an intimate portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London—an irrepressible mum and dad (Alison Steadman and Jim Broadbent) and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a troubled, ill-tempered layabout (Claire Skinner and Jane Horrocks). Leigh and his typically brilliant cast create, with extraordinary sensitivity and craft, a vivid, lived-in story of ordinary existence, in which even modest dreams—such as the father’s desire to open a food truck—carry enormous weight.

Credits

DirectorMike Leigh
Written byMike Leigh
Produced bySimon Channing-Williams
Director of photographyDick Pope
Edited byJon Gregory
MusicRachel Portman
Production designerAlison Chitty
Sound recordistMalcolm Hirst

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography Dick Pope, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 a new essay by critic David Sterritt

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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Life Is Sweet: Life Is Bittersweet

By David Sterritt May 28, 2013

Mike Leigh’s breakthrough is a funny film about serious things, and an emotional and slyly political take on consumer culture. Read more »

Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Mike Leigh in Minneapolis

September 08, 2016

This weekend, Mike Leigh’s 1990 comedy Life Is Sweet will screen at the Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of a monthlong retrospective of the director’s early films. This . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

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Life Is Sweet: Life Is Bittersweet

By David Sterritt May 28, 2013

Mike Leigh’s breakthrough is a funny film about serious things, and an emotional and slyly political take on consumer culture. Read more »


Three Reasons

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