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High Hopes [DVD]
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Mike Leigh writes and directs this class struggle comedy drama which portrays the intertwined lives of an extended working class family in London during the Thatcher years. The story follows left-wing bike messenger Cyril Bender (Philip Davis), his girlfriend Shirley (Ruth Sheen) and Cyril's conservative mother (Edna Dore), who lives in the last council house on her street next to the appallingly upper class Boothe-Braines (Lesley Manville and David Bamber). Cyril's consumerist sister Valerie (Heather Tobias) and her car salesman husband Martin (Philip Jackson) join the family to throw a surprise 70th birthday party for Mrs. Bender but, despite their best intentions, the event descends into disaster.
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which is really a kind of happy ending though not one which comes close to resolving all of the issues raised in the film, is rather poetic and certainly fitting. It's a good film, an enjoyable film, but with its patchy side.
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I love british! The quirky realism is undeniable. Will be watching it on a regular basis.Published 5 months ago by dymphna payne
BIG mike ligh fan love all is stuff going to by bleak moments on dvd from you soonPublished 12 months ago by wayne burgess
Another great Mike Leigh film. If you're a fan of his work you'll love it. Definitely one of the better less well-known pieces with all the hallmarks of his unique way of working... Read morePublished 17 months ago by R K
Although Mike Leigh does give us a fleeting moment of positivism (or, at least, reflective nostalgia) at the conclusion of this 1988 work, it’s difficult to avoid the heavy irony... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Keith M