Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sneaks' Movie Reviews: 'Another Year' (2010)

Director: Mike Leigh
Rating: 4/5 Stars ****
Wow, this was quite a good movie, and also very in that the characters are believable. This film does a great job at demonstrating ordinary people, who are over the hill so to speak, and their everyday struggles with simply trying to get people to spend time together and relate to one another and how that seems becomes more...lets say 'complicated'... with age. There are for sure many many people, many more than most would think, over the age of 40 and 50 for whom a great marriage and family life just never really came together. These people end up single, living alone for many years, and feeling socially isolated even from their close friends, most of whom are in relationships and have to find special time to fit in their own busy and committed lives for these loners. I am only 30 now, and I can relate to some of these characters. It is hard to be single in a world of couples and families. And not to presume that most those couples and families are as happily together and financially together as the one this film focuses upon. Great movie to make you think about how we have structured our society and culture, and how many people end up on the sidelines, and how anyone, even the happy-off ones, can potentially end up that way when a loved one passes away unexpectedly. Check this one out. 

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