STARRING Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen
WRITTEN BY Mike Leigh
DIRECTED BY Mike Leigh
Filmmaker Mike Leigh’s latest look at middle-class Londoners follows a long-married couple (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) surrounded by friends in various states of distress. Most notable is a wine-swilling secretary played by Leigh vet Lesley Manville, whose devastating performance received unanimous praise from the international media when the film debuted at Cannes earlier this year. ”This woman from Italy — it was as if she’d just had a visitation,” says Manville of an encounter with a particularly excited reporter at the festival. ”She almost came into the room crawling. And she wouldn’t stop touching me.” Manville had better get used to the attention.