Am I the Only One...


... who loves this film????

reply

No. I think it's really quite splendid, like everything Mike Leigh does.

reply

[deleted]

I too think BM is excellent, even though I've rather gone off Mike Leigh recently. The acting is magnificent, particularly Anne Raitt. When the repressed teacher totally fails to respond to her tentative overtures I wanted to barge him out of the way and take her in my arms.

Supernatural perhaps, baloney perhaps not

reply

The performances are universally unforgettable, but yes, Anne Raitt is the standout. Mike Leigh has rarely been this good since.

... and

I was surprised to discover that it was also only the second film that Liz Smith starred in - her 'big break', aged 50.

The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.

reply

Total bilge. Love most of Mike leigh's work, but this was bloody awful

reply

Just finished watching it for the second time and would have to disagree with you. Anne Raitt's performance is one of the best I've seen in any film, any time, any genre. Unfortunately the DVD I own has pretty poor sound quality and I missed a fair bit of the dialogue. Would love to see it on the big screen with some decent sound.

reply

Total bilge. Love most of Mike Leigh's work, but this was bloody awful.

A perplexing remark. Elaborate, please.

The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.

reply

No. It's my favourite movie of all time. And I've seen thousands.

reply



You are not. My wife and I just finished watching it and enjoyed it (if the word enjoyed is the right one to use).

Certainly not uplifting and most definitely not for everyone the direction and the performances are about as good as film-making gets.

How one goes about getting those sorts of performances out of actors is beyond me.

Most directors are afraid of silence. Not so with Mr Leigh. In fact he does more with it than many do with dialogue.

reply