Life is Sweet

Thursday, May 11
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1hr 43mins // directed by:Mike Leigh // featuring:Jim Broadbent, Alison Steadman, Timothy Spall

Director Mike Leigh’s first international hit is a delightful comic drama featuring a loving working-class North London couple and their 20-something twin daughters, Natalie, an even-tempered plumber, and Nicola, an unemployed malcontent. The film puts to the test the proposition that a family can only be as happy as its least happy member. The wonderful cast of Leigh regulars includes Jim Broadbent, Alison Steadman, and Timothy Spall.  

Family Bonds

Every family member is unique, with his or her own history, personality, demons and needs. Likewise every family. This series of six films by world-class directors presents singular families who are at crossroads and whose fascinating dynamics are reflections of their times and cultures.   

Each screening is preceded by an illuminating introduction and followed by a lively discussion. Join in the exploration of the thematic and cinematic complexities of these exceptional works.

Long-time Coolidge Breakfast Film Club instructor Kaj Wilson was Artistic Director of The Boston Jewish Film Festival for over a decade and former film editor of The Improper Bostonian.