Normally Victoria Wood has me rolling around the floor laughing so much that tears follow. This time the tears are caused by the pathos of this beautifully crafted film, based on a true story, written and starring Victoria Wood OBE. OBE ? She should be a Baroness, like Margaret Thatcher, or even the Queen ! Her talent lies in getting into the very spirit of 'normal' people, and always surrounding herself with only the best actors. This time around, it is not her normal chums (Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Julie Walters, Anne Reid etc), but each and every part was cast and performed perfectly. It is always the small details that she manages to convey: one, in Housewife, 49, is the way in which the British class system was considerably different at the end of WW2 than it was at the beginning, demonstrated beautifully at a garden party to celebrate the end of the war in Japan. When writing the excruciatingly funny Dinnerladies, I saw her being interviewed by Parkinson, I think - she equated writing an ongoing comedy series with designing a workable traffic system in Barcelona - both incredibly difficult. It makes you wonder though - this woman writes (incisively), acts in both comedic and dramatic roles, sings, composes - is there anything she can't do ? (other than fix the traffic in Barcelona, but then that is beyond anyone's talents). This movie is a must-see, not only for fans of Wood, but for anyone who is after a genuine, honest and heartfelt film about life. Five stars.