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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Sally Hawkins
Eddie Marsan
Alexis Zegerman
Andrea Riseborough
Samuel Roukin
Directors
Mike Leigh
Screenwriters
Mike Leigh
Running Time
118 minutes

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Plot
Poppy (Hawkins) is a London primary school teacher. After her bike is stolen she gets driving lessons, but her teacher, Scott (Marsan), turns out to be a bit of a nut. She begins learning flamenco. One of the kids in her class has problems at home. And all the while, she barely stops smiling…


Verdict
Mike Leigh draws a bravura performance out of Sally Hawkins, and she in return makes Poppy one of Leigh’s best characters yet - up there with the likes of Vera Drake or Beverly from Abigail’s Party.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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