Another Year

Another Year ★★★★½

Mike Leigh has this supernatural gift of making it seem like every actor in his movies is the greatest actor alive. Of course the biggest factor is that he simply utilizes supremely talented actors, but it goes beyond that; his scripts are just so sharp, so insightful, without ever stooping to preachiness, and he fills them to the brim with memorable characters (read: human beings) no matter how large or small the role may be. Everyone here is pitch perfect, and so it seems almost unfair that he saves his final ace, David Bradley's poignantly aloof sourpuss, for the last chapter. Leigh also understands that the hardest thing about life is, well, living. He's attuned to the rhythms and hardships of everyday life like few others.

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