A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.
Another Year is the latest from Mike Leigh, and he does a great job of looking at ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. The movie opens with the great Imelda Staunton, who won the Oscar for Vera Drake a couple of years ago. It starts with an ordinary couple, Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen, who are both wonderful, and looks at their relationships with various people. Their son and his daughter, sort of a nutty friend, whose played by the wonderful Leslie Manville. Nothing much happens except that you care enormously about these people, and the acting is terrific. So, I’d give this movie four stars just because it’s wonderful to feel that you really know these people.