Monday, 20 July 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 231: Wed Aug 19

High Hopes (Leigh, 1988): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6pm

This is part of the London on Film season at BFI Southbank. The film also screens on August 16th and 22nd. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Mike Leigh's very watchable up-to-the-minute bulletin from Thatcher England centers on a posthippie working-class couple in London named Cyril (Philip Davis) and Shirley (Ruth Sheen), who are beautifully conceived and realized, as well as on Cyril's mother (Edna Dore), his middle-class sister (Heather Tobias) and brother-in-law (Philip Jackson), and his mother's yuppie next-door neighbors (Leslie Manville and David Bamber), most of whom live around King's Cross. The texture of everyday life in contemporary London is precisely rendered. Leigh, a household name in England because of his extensive theater and TV work and one previous feature (the 1971 Bleak Moments), tends to satirize and even caricature the upper-class characters, but the jabs are generally accurate, and the overall construction of this episodic movie is deft and ingenious, pointing up parallels and contrasts in the sexual habits of his three couples and making interesting connections between other characters as well. Alternately bleak and hilarious, saddening and refreshing, this very political reflection on the state of England today is not to be missed. 
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is an extract.

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