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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Jim Broadbent
Ruth Sheen
Oliver Maltman
David Bradley
Imelda Staunton
Lesley Manville
Stuart McQuarrie
Directors
Mike Leigh
Screenwriters
Mike Leigh
Running Time
129 minutes

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Plot
Gerri (Ruth Sheen), a therapist, and Tom (Jim Broadbent), a geologist, are happily married, but mildly concerned that their lawyer son, Joe (Oliver Maltman), is single. They don't quite realise how Mary (Lesley Manville), a fragile work colleague of Gerri's, has come to depend on the couple's friendship. Over the course of a year, at Sunday gatherings, Mary makes faux pas which strain the relationship.


Verdict
Measured in pace, yet thoroughly gripping and completely accessible. The title soft-sells the picture, but it's among the best of this or any year. And Manville should clear some shelf space for well-deserved awards.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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