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Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) ( Happy Go Lucky ) (Blu-Ray)


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  • Actors: Eddie Marsan, Sally Hawkins, Elliot Cowan, Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough
  • Directors: Mike Leigh
  • Producers: Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) ( Happy Go Lucky ) (Blu-Ray), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Happy Go Lucky
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: TOBIS
  • Run Time: 119.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EJIIQA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,994 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Germany released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: If you know the British filmmaker Mike Leigh's work - early and later titles like "Bleak Moments," "Naked" and "Vera Drake" - you may find yourself watching his most recent movie, "Happy-Go-Lucky," with mounting unease, a tinge of dread. Despite the extraordinary human parade that has passed in front of his lens, laughing and raging, yearning for love and asking for cuddles, Mr. Leigh has never been an artist for whom happy (word or idea) has been an easy fit. Life is sweet, as the title of another of his films puts it with a heart-swelling yes, but it's also an eternal fight against doom and gloom, the soul-crushing no. The push and pull between yes and no animates all of his work, investing it with narrative tension and a sense of artistic purpose that is, whether overtly articulated or not, also insistently, vigorously left-leaning. The hard-working and often besieged characters who populate his stories live in worlds partly defined, if not wholly circumscribed, by ideology and the state. Nobody mounts a soapbox or whistles "The Internationale" in "Happy-Go-Lucky," but the film is so closely tuned to the pulse of communal life, to the rhythms of how people work, play and struggle together, it captures the larger picture along with the smaller. Like Poppy, the bright focus of this expansive, moving film, Mr. Leigh isn't one to go it alone. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, British Independent Film Awards, European Film Awards, ...Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) ( Happy Go Lucky ) (Blu-Ray)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MousieTongue's KM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Reading the other reviews, this seems to be a film that you are likely to either love or hate. I loved it, although if it were described to me, I would fully expect to find the Poppy character (or rather, the implication that she is an ideal that people should strive to emulate) rather patronising. I think what made the difference for me was that the character was shown to have some depth.

It's difficult to summarise plot, because there isn't really one - the film basically follows an extreme of character - the happy-go-lucky person who seems impossible to knock down. It's a 'slice of life' type film, and we see her in various situations that are probably there to show that her life isn't that different from the average. Who knows though? Perhaps we all have secret tragedies, and the fact that there is no real trauma in hers is the real source of her happiness. I suspect not though.

The scene with the tramp for me was critical - it was the point at which I stopped dismissing Poppy as a bit of fluff and started thinking that there was something else rather special about the character - the scene was unrealistic in the sense that few sane people would likely go up to a tramp who is very obviously not in touch with reality - but Sally Hawkins' portrayal was so convincing that instead of thinking, 'Fake' it made me think that Poppy had a very special insight, that she would know the tramp-nutter wouldn't harm her, and that she had sufficient compassion to try to find out how he was. It was that balance of compassion that made her chirpiness in the rest of the film endearing rather than annoying.

I loved the interactions between Poppy and Scott (the driving instructor) - and here again, it was the subtleties of the interaction and the great acting that won me over.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Green Man Music on 22 July 2011
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Happy Go Lucky is the story of a female primary school teacher Poppy who, in the American vernacular, might be described as "kooky", as "happy go lucky" is probably a bit of an understatement. Bouncing from one situation to another, she constantly tries to engage overly-cheerfully in chirpy, witty banter with the plethora of surly people around her until she takes driving lessons.

Her driving instructor is a religious fundamentalist and conspiracy theorist with some serious anger management problems, who lesson after lesson becomes more and more aggressive. While this situation is ongoing, Poppy is also faced with new challenges teaching her previously bouncy, happy creative crafts lessons at the school, having to deal with issues of bullying and child protection.

As the darker side of life begins to creep in to challenge her own, it becomes an internal battle for Poppy to maintain her ultra-cheerful humorous perspective on life.

This is a well-scripted and brilliantly-acted film which can be taken on the surface as a rainy-day happy-go-lucky comedy romance or taken as something to think much more deeply about. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the outstanding performances from Sally Hawkins as Poppy, the actors portraying her family and flatmates, and Eddie Mason as the driving instructor from the depths of Hell.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. Burnett on 13 April 2011
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This film is poignant and touching, with the main character Poppy, played by Sally Hawkins bringing in a wonderful performance. It's not about special effects and bells and whistles; it's all about the script and well drawn characters. It is the kind of film that really cheers you up and makes you feel like smiling. Gentle and sweet, with a feel good effect; yet still with a twist Mike Leigh style, in the guise of Poppy's gloriously miserably driving instructor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Jones on 9 Jan 2010
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As per the title I thought this film was very thought provoking. It was sad and funny and made one appreciate everyday life. I am 73 and I bought the DVD for my 24 year old grandson who does a similar job to the main actress ie teaching, in the film and it gave us much to think about.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By simonpeggfan VINE VOICE on 17 July 2008
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Poppy, Mike Leigh's latest creation, sails through this slice of life with a smile on her face, fun on her mind and kindness in her heart.

Quite brilliantly brought to life by the excellent Sally Hawkins, Poppy has much to be happy about. A true friend, a nice flat in a Finsbury Park, a job she was born to do,supportive colleagues, An enjoyable social life, making her Happy-Go-Lucky. Many could probably act happy for a few hours but Hawkins manages so well to cover all the detail - the eyes, expressions and body language - to show happiness - and never sadness

Then there is Scott. When Poppy's bike is stolen (it must have "flown the nest"), she is confronted with Scott (Eddie Marsan) the driving instructor.The very antithesis of happy. Scott is rigid, angry, frustrated, impatient, knotted up and racist. A borderline OCD sufferer, who is tortured by who-knows-what in his past. Scott is the most bitter and overwhelming character in a Mike Leigh film since David Thewlis in "Naked". A towering performance.

If Poppy is the light, Scott is definitely the dark, but such dark shadows inhabit the whole of "Happy-Go-Lucky". The unhappy schoolboy, the glum Sister, the social climbing sister who dominates her husband. Little vignettes of irritation and annoyance.

The film is at times both lovely and disturbing, life affirming but carrying a caveat that unhappiness does exist in the sullen faces, in madness, in neuroses.

Happy-Go-Lucky is a highly enjoyable and often very funny film, but it also carries terrible sadness. I have never been a massive fan of Mike Leigh, but I have to admit that I was wrong. He just seems to get better and better.
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