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  • Actors: Katrin Cartlidge, Lynda Steadman, Kate Byers, Mark Benton, Andy Serkis
  • Directors: Mike Leigh
  • Writers: Mike Leigh
  • Producers: Simon Channing Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Siren
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCL6UY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463,166 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN, SYNOPSIS: From the award winning director of Secrets & Lies, Mike Leigh, comes a film about friendship, love, sex and memories of student life.
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This simple comedy by British filmmaker Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies) concerns the reunion of two women friends from university days who try hard, although awkwardly, to rediscover their early closeness. They succeed beautifully and experience a series of chance encounters with old friends and lovers whom they once knew together. Katrin Cartlidge (Breaking the Waves) and Lynda Steadman are outstanding, playing their characters via flashback in their grungy, early 20s as well as their more polished, contemporary selves at age 30. Following the complex ambitions of Secrets and Lies, Career Girls almost looks like a holiday for Leigh, but it is no less the rich product of his now-famous process of symbiotic rehearsal and writing. The film is also graced by some of the most delicate passages of remembered love between two people seen in a long time. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I've got to say that Career Girls is my favourite Mike Leigh film. There's a positive feel to the production lacking in other work which features two young women, played by Lynda Steadman and Katrin Cartlidge who study at Polytechnic only to meet years later on. A magical set of events ensue when they renew old friendships over a weekend in a departure from the Director's usual naturalistic style. For anyone who's studied away from home this will bring back poignent memories. Tears, tantrums and the sheer individualism of young people are ably captured here by Mike Leigh. Hannah is a predictable femminist student, but my favourite character is Annie, incredibly shy, suffering from a skin complaint and often the butt of cruel jibes from her flatmate. When they re-unite alot of the insecurity has gone, yet neither have really moved on....... Both are still single with boring job, yet the beauty of the piece is the vivid depiction of ordinary students. It describes their lives through their loves, lies and heartbreaks, though there is a more sophisticated message here that coming from an ordinary background usually ensures an ordinary future. There is inherent criticism too of the characters failing to break out of their mundane lives and this is Leigh at his incisive best; not moralising or sentimentalising but being ruthlessly honest with his subjects and admitting that they can change their own lives. Wheras past projects are often flawed, Career Girls is a whole work of considered observation. It's characters more affluent and in control than in Bleak Moments and Nuts in May for instancen, but not as demanding as alot of the Leigh portfolio. Career Girls is a warm and genuinely comedic 83 minutes of viewing and I would strongly reccomend anyone out there to buy it, for no other reason than to sample Katrin Cartlidge's outstanding interpretation of a shy and stuttering eighties student.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AKIS CHR. on 21 Jan. 2013
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TWO GIRLS WHO BECAME FRIENDS WHEN IN COLLEGE MEET SEVERAL YEARS LATER.WITH DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING BUT FLUENTLY SOON AFTER THEY BRING BACK THE MEMORIES OF THEIR PAST LIVES WITH MIXED EMOTIONS.I DO NOT WANT TO SAY TOO MUCH ABOUT THE STORY BECAUSE I REALLY BELIEVE VIEWERS MUST FIND OUT FOR THEMSELVES.WHAT I WILL COMMENT ON IS THAT THIS IS A REMARKABLE AND OUTSTANDING FILM THAT HAD ME LAUGHING THE ONE MOMENT AND IN TEARS THE NEXT.THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE HERE AND I MUST ADMIT IN WATCHING IT TWICE IN A WEEK.MIKE LEIGH'S DIRECTING IS FLAWLESS,LYNDA STEADMAN IS MAGNIFICENT AS THE TIMID ANNIE AND THE SO MISSED BUT UNDERSTATED KATRIN CARTLIDGE IS MAGNETIC AND UNSURPASSED IN HER ROLE AS THE FEMINIST HANNAH.A CULT FILM IN EVERY SENSE.THE QUALITY OF THE DVD AND THE PRICE MAKE THIS ONE OF MY BEST BUYS EVER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil Horn on 23 Feb. 2013
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Two girls who shared a flat in London whilst they were studying meet up years later and find that they have change so much that it feels like their meeting each other for the first time. Flash backs to the time when they were university students living in a run down flat above a chippy and their friend Ricky who lived with them for a short time. Ricky gels the two girls together mirroring their disappointments in life. Similar to most Mike Leigh films there is a sense that these people are all isolated in some way and the only way they can deal with their isolation is to act out different personalities. I really enjoyed the girls relationship and felt very moved by Ricky's story near the end of the film it marks the passing of time for the two girls. Career girls stands up next to Mike Leigh's earlier work Life is Sweet and if you are like myself and enjoy both the light side and dark side's of this director's film's then there is no reason why you will not enjoy this feature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Traveller on 28 Jan. 2014
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He always has great female characters in his films, but this early Mike Leigh really is a women's film. It's fresh and fun and not quite as sad as some of the later works. If you like Mike Leigh, why are you even hesitating?
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2012
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I quite enjoy re-playing Mike Leigh's older films, this time reviewing them and admittedly, Career Girls was far from being my (or, it seems, most other people's) first choice.

I'd recorded mine from Film4's broadcast, just before the release of his latest 'Another Year' the advantage being Mr Leigh introduced it himself and said that it was often overlooked and he wasn't quite sure why. I had seen it myself on a couple of occasions before, most probably on the same channel and always quite liked it. It's not my favourite but always found it better once fully immersed.

Is that because I'm a bloke, who never went to Uni and never had to flat-share, but there again, the 80s and 90s were formative years for me too.

Anyway, as is usual with almost Leigh films, the opening few minutes always seem to have annoying characters that we really rather not share any time with, doing their best (worst?) to put us off. However, once we get used to them and their strange, odd ways, they become part of our screen lives and as if they were people we actually know, we put up with their annoying aspects and revel in their good, Leigh's folk are very human, almost TOO much so.

So, Leigh's purpose was to show how passages of time, circumstance and education, plus friendship can follow in both predictive and unpredictive ways with the reunion of two Uni classmates ten years later, with frequent, but obvious, flashbacks to the student years, we can see how people can change. Side by side, the contrasts are very marked, almost too much so, but as we usually witness our friends forming slowly, year by year, who's to say that Leigh is not right?
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