Naked ★★★★★

This past week and a half has introduced me to the works of Mike Leigh, and between this, High Hopes, Meantime and Life is Sweet, he is already climbing the ranks of my favorite directors. He just has such a way of staging a scene that feels controlled in its chaos- improvisational, but with a clear and focused vision. A method that allows his characters to give very genuine and lifelike performances that allow for those eccentricities and unplanned moments to shine and give everyone their own distinct personalities. Though Naked dives into the worst situations and attitudes humanity has to offer, as with Leigh's other works, it's those revelations and moments of real human compassion, as small as they may be and how belated they are, that really make them powerfully compelling.