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Career Girls [DVD] (1997)

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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, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015FWMU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mike Leigh's film explores the changing face of friendship as times goes by. Hannah (Katrin Cartlidge) and Annie (Lynda Steadman) shared a flat together at college, but have not seen each other for six years. They meet up for the weekend, reminiscing about their student days and the characters they used to know. These include their flatmate Claire, Adrian Spinks (with whom they both had flings), and Ricky, Annie's unstable would-be suitor.

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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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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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I've never seen a Mike Leigh film I don't love. As for this one, it stopped me wanting to die for a while, in reminding me how beautiful and quirky people can be and that I might yet not feel like the odd one out in the whole wide world.
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Having read the reviews of this film I could have been forgiven for believing that it was a rather unintelligent movie. This on futher examination is a million miles from the truth. Career girls gives an incredible insight into the lives of it's two main charecters and how their lives spin out of control when both at 8 years of age (this is no convenience of plot) their fathers leave the family home never to return. The effect on the two girls lives is almost like quantum mechanics they explode fom this life changing moment in completely different directions and are oposites in every way. But like oposites they attract and together they are Yin and Yang. As one of the girls in the film says 'together we make one person you and I'. This is an intelligent way of dealing with the subject of desertion as the two charecters seem to help each other (especially at the end of the film) with their respective knock on emotional problems. This isn't all the film contains and I have trouble putting into words a lot of what I felt about the film, but I will add that I was nearly in tears for most of it!!!
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It's a pity you cant get Nuts In May or Secrets and Lies on DVD other than for an extortinate price. When they come down to a reasonable price I will purchase them. I love Mike Leigh and although I did enjoy this film it wasn't as good as some he has made. Good all the same.
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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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There is something missing from this gloomy film about two 30-year-old university friends who meet up again for a week-end ten years after having met. There are some very amusing, poignant and tender bits in this film but as an ensemble it lacks that bit of punch which is needed for this kind of reunion-based film. However, it is not at all sentimental or melodramatic thanks to writer and director Mike Leigh's sharp social observations and twist of tragedy which stops it from being the sort of film some of us find could perhaps find a little over-bearing (BEACHES, for example). Also, the characters are well-written displaying flaws and strengths which make them so human. There are good performances all round but I especially liked. Andy Serkis playing a drug-addict slob is terrific as is Mark Benton who plays their former flatmate.
In regards to the lack of sparkle, I think that that comes from Leigh's inclination to produce tragic dramas and his change of theme in this film takes some getting used to. But don't worry; if, like me, you are a Leigh fan then you won't be disappoited as his echoes of tragedy are still sharply apparent.
The more often I watched this film the more I grew to like it.
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