Director: Mike Leigh. Cast: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Peter Wight, David Bradley, Imelda Staunton. 129 min. Rated PG-13. UK. Drama.
Leigh, like Eastwood, seems to get better every year, and like Altman, has a strange expertise in making everyday life incredibly interesting. Broadbent and Sheen ("Tom and Gerri") are an adorable old couple, the sunshine in the lives of people around them - lives drowning in neuroses, depression, instability, and death. You'll watch this and get distracted several times throughout, thinking: "I know one of those people!" The most colorful character is played by Lesley Manville, a fragile extrovert lost in denial. Huge shame if she isn't nominated this Tuesday for a Supporting Actress Oscar (I'm rooting for a win).