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Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on Andy, a cook who forever puts off home remodeling projects, and with a drunken friend, buys a broken down lunch wagon... (imdb)

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Life Is Sweet belongs to 36 collections
1. Criterion Collection (public: moderated by caffe - 125 stars)
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Apr 17 Ariaz Ariaz
85 86%
Mar 24 bilalemre bilalemre
73 77%
Mar 20 apsays
58 40%
Feb 24 xmoffx xmoffx
5 87%
Feb 21 RavynLoony RavynLoony
73 84%
Feb 03 Flesh2Plush Flesh2Plush
90 96%
Feb 02 t4lu t4lu
80 78%
Jan 28 tarr
90 92%
Jan 22 svenerik svenerik
85 71%
Jan 19 avinashm avinashm
90 52%
Jan 18 anaskvit anaskvit
80 63%
Jan 16 M-B-M
7 87%
Jan 09 cengaveri
75 61%
Jan 05 ozzieg
73 43%
Jan 02 rafalko6
60 30%
Dec 29, 2017 tommy_leazaq
73 88%
Dec 04, 2017 dr_Robert
3 37%
Nov 25, 2017 Maaxwell Maaxwell
80 77%
Nov 18, 2017 Fumbles
88 76%
Nov 17, 2017 teaty666 teaty666
60 70%
Oct 23, 2017 Kianoto
72 66%
Oct 19, 2017 rakke
70 47%
Oct 11, 2017 JohnPaul821
70 38%
Oct 09, 2017 oturan_adam onuryilyang
81 75%
Aug 12, 2017 Kisbye
75 52%
Aug 09, 2017 WarrenWho WarrenWho
80 78%
Jul 10, 2017 cerenrien cerenrien
75 15%
Jul 05, 2017 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
91 92%
Jun 27, 2017 rw58
90 6%
Jun 17, 2017 Arlowe Arlowe_
72 67%
Jun 11, 2017 geohawk
93 88%
Scored by Rachel Portman, it feels like a low-key situation comedy, with outsized characters living regular-sized lives. Spall's character is played mostly for laughs, but feels absolutely terrifying in today's environment. Food -- it's preparation and consumption (and purging) -- provides an interesting lens into almost every character here.
Jun 02, 2017 lifeasadog lifeasadog
75 60%
May 30, 2017 Gody85 Gody85
67 84%
May 20, 2017 sans_soleil
70 52%
May 15, 2017 DrWade42
80 69%
May 08, 2017 CharlieSmith
76 70%
May 07, 2017 porzano porzano
70 81%
Apr 15, 2017 albajos
30 15%
Apr 07, 2017 auhasarderik auhasarderik
7 59%
Apr 02, 2017 vahidtamimi
83 58%
Apr 02, 2017 MrCinema Mr.Cinema
57 20%
Mar 23, 2017 birgitbrause
95 87%
Mar 07, 2017 MoaMan
73 51%
Feb 25, 2017 mCihhh mCihhh
60 27%
Feb 24, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
75 93%
Feb 19, 2017 ssavage ssavage
80 81%
Feb 19, 2017 ikincisi
79 79%
Feb 15, 2017 barisbaran94
88 59%
Jan 29, 2017 mfl
62 53%
Jan 28, 2017 SrRessa
80 65%
Jan 27, 2017 bitterbill bitterbill
75 70%
Jan 21, 2017 BlakeEngel
7 16%
I never felt hugely connected to these characters. I felt most interested in Nicola- she had contradictions, inner conflict and seemed to be hiding great desire. I understand Leigh's films never aim for sweeping plot, but his best works do have some small arc or resolution. Things do change a little bit by the end, but I wanted more. Or maybe these characters didn't interest me enough. It seemed to be a series of disconnected events with no larger impact or purpose.
Jan 12, 2017 Bedestani Bedestani
94 65%
Jan 11, 2017 joewkeh joewkeh
74 76%
Jan 11, 2017 nothings nothings
91 94%
Jan 08, 2017 suf
40 13%
Jan 07, 2017 peekingpanda peekingpanda
65 79%
Jan 03, 2017 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
83 72%
These are some of Leigh's most annoying characters, and that makes certain sections really grating, but it's funny enough to make up for it and they're still close enough to being real people that the pathos works too.
Dec 23, 2016 robochaa
60 21%
Dec 22, 2016 kosecki
72 62%
Dec 13, 2016 zmt311 zmt311
75 71%
Dec 11, 2016 domv domv
80 74%
Dec 11, 2016 nickv nickv
75 79%
Nov 24, 2016 gregmnewman
85 82%
Nov 22, 2016 Zyatkoff
5 10%
Nov 17, 2016 Ronin22
71 87%
Oct 18, 2016 TheMarkle
40 2%
Sep 21, 2016 ntnvnv ntnvnv
82 84%
Sep 16, 2016 shadowplay shadowplay
85 64%
Sep 11, 2016 voodootapes voodootapes
85 52%
Aug 30, 2016 sebby sebby
55 29%
Aug 23, 2016 marcon65 marco_n65
80 79%
Aug 21, 2016 aliosmanoglu
83 89%
Aug 15, 2016 artemis artemis
51 29%
Jul 28, 2016 larax
81 62%
Jul 26, 2016 berkwest
80 20%
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
60 13%
Jun 21, 2016 botez
80 67%
Jun 06, 2016 letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
38 79%
Jun 04, 2016 SevereSafari
3 50%
May 18, 2016 Oktay Oktay
80 74%
May 05, 2016 Woolfiedesu Woolfiedesu
75 37%
Apr 26, 2016 justaname
100 88%
Apr 23, 2016 LadyStardust LadyStardust
83 80%
Apr 01, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
15 73%
Mar 22, 2016 kyvetti kyvetti
58 38%
Feb 27, 2016 aytac-ars
90 68%
Feb 14, 2016 keanseenan keanseenan
85 77%
Feb 11, 2016 Ildorio10
80 44%
Feb 02, 2016 rootbeercirc
76 50%
Jan 28, 2016 kennardjon
74 50%
Dec 17, 2015 Panicbeach
80 92%
Dec 15, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
38 74%
Dec 14, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73 48%
Dec 14, 2015 muratata
83 61%
Nov 27, 2015 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
65 66%
Oct 24, 2015 drewTO
92 80%
Oct 18, 2015 Niska Niska
47 88%
Oct 10, 2015 ElisaDM
65 5%
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
70 70%
Sep 26, 2015 Phelipe Phelipe
84 77%
Sep 13, 2015 jannisan
70 77%
Sep 02, 2015 jackinthebox jackinthebox
90 93%
Sep 02, 2015 &etc.
90 62%
I found a lot in this film that was relatable, and the characters were all so different that they were excellent examples of people who live under the same roof, yet haven't come to understanding the others. Despite their dysfunctions, they try to make the best of their situations.
Aug 24, 2015 cat9man cat9man
70 34%
Aug 24, 2015 mattjf19
75 60%
Aug 22, 2015 Feraud Feraud
72 44%
Aug 22, 2015 bfinn
80 71%
Aug 18, 2015 sezide57 sezide5à7
82 79%
Aug 15, 2015 jagarnyfiken jagarnyfiken
83 86%
Aug 07, 2015 Sane
89 94%
Jun 15, 2015 Carlospro Carlospro
80 78%
Jun 12, 2015 jamdog
70 10%
May 18, 2015 zetes
90 73%
May 09, 2015 FlashCalahan
80 77%
Apr 29, 2015 twincinema twincinema
20 9%
Unfortunately, Leigh (at least after this and "Naked") is not my taste. To me, this is a film of grotesque lower-class characters, all of whom I dislike, dreaming big and doing little. This all features the grossest sex scene I have seen, and I have seen "Salo" and "A Serbian Film".
Apr 26, 2015 denizgunal13_ii denizgunal13
75 79%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
70 37%
Apr 16, 2015 pmpfe pmpfe
82 58%
Apr 14, 2015 Yossarian22
85 54%
Apr 07, 2015 Matthew92 Matthew92
9 87%
Apr 02, 2015 fungusgnat
58 32%
Mar 21, 2015 windowseat
85 69%
Mar 19, 2015 chadarnook
82 65%
Feb 18, 2015 kakivsjok kakivsjok
86 84%
Feb 17, 2015 7thpein 7thpein
81 90%
Feb 08, 2015 bybrt bybrt
70 64%
Jan 29, 2015 LosWochos
87 52%
Jan 28, 2015 hsncomert hsncomert
80 84%
Jan 03, 2015 cayh
80 73%
Jan 01, 2015 flowing flowing
57 43%
Jan 01, 2015 al_pacino al pacino
70 28%
Dec 31, 2014 Gon Gon
84 57%
Dec 29, 2014 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100 %
Dec 25, 2014 zomgmouse
90 87%
Dec 24, 2014 syntaxerror syntaxerror
93 58%
Dec 20, 2014 SickForay SickForay
80 79%
Dec 20, 2014 drawingboard drawingboard
80 77%
Dec 14, 2014 allisoncm allisoncm
75 78%
Dec 06, 2014 hazalun
85 55%
Dec 05, 2014 Midaso
5 57%
Nov 24, 2014 10kfilms
83 80%
Nov 10, 2014 Hennimore
88 94%
Nov 04, 2014 mandy mandy
6 46%
Great characters - believable everyday people but not particularly deep or thought provoking.
Oct 28, 2014 Ag0stoMesmer Ag0stoMesmer
0 4%
Must've missed something. The tv guide said "a sentimental and honest portrayal of family life", I saw shrieking, grotesque caricatures of working class people in a poor sit-com.
Oct 24, 2014 bluefuzz
89 81%
Oct 21, 2014 EdwinSeal
75 58%
Oct 13, 2014 SeanBerndorff SeanBerndorff
83 79%
Oct 06, 2014 gargantua gargantua
77 75%
Sep 26, 2014 Hadzibegovic Hadzibegovic
70 45%
Sep 21, 2014 Tatanka
55 16%
Sep 18, 2014 rnest rnest
6 45%
Sep 17, 2014 eCitizen eCitizen
20 10%
I can't decide what I disliked more about this horrendously poor movie. The constant insane laughing from the mother, Nicola's annoying stupid accent, the idiotic dialog and delivery, asinine friend, or the inability to understand them. I really tried to enjoy this, and failed. Not one character felt authentic or real. Few situations were satisfying. Buried in this mess is a couple of good minutes, that I wish I could have enjoyed. It is almost entirely annoying, stupid and pointless.
Sep 09, 2014 darkpoet
80 95%
Sep 04, 2014 matimend matimend
7 51%
Jul 31, 2014 las las
80 61%
Jul 27, 2014 al bundy
76 50%
Jul 27, 2014 bobyang bobyang
80 72%
Jul 25, 2014 castanpod castanpod
79 77%
Jul 21, 2014 KINGOFLIMBS
83 58%
Jul 14, 2014 MoonLoop MoonLoop
70 45%
Jun 03, 2014 balseiros balseiros
82 77%
I just came to know Mike Leigh recently and I'm glad to be so late in this task. The realism with which he builds his films can somehow bring us frighteningly close to these characters. In less than two hours they become almost a second family. God knows how I hated Nicola at first but ended up learning to love her. Wendy's way to deal with life, her sense of humor, her laugh, how I love it. I need more of this.
May 31, 2014 elifish elifish
10 1%
May 28, 2014 Booziesioux Booziesioux
80 63%
May 12, 2014 AFlickering AFlickering
88 87%
May 05, 2014 th.ierry
7 8%
Apr 27, 2014 mjjoao
90 86%
Apr 07, 2014 Bryan C.
90 78%
Apr 07, 2014 Naeramarth Naeramarth
80 68%
Apr 04, 2014 ecemuzgun ecemuzgun
73 60%
Apr 03, 2014 fufutos
70 20%
Mar 03, 2014 rDin r.Din
73 70%
Feb 24, 2014 Supecte
81 74%
Feb 22, 2014 thebluerabbi
75 39%
Feb 18, 2014 PaulSandell
80 87%
Feb 12, 2014 felixm85
80 51%
Feb 09, 2014 quirkyjunky
95 97%
Feb 05, 2014 Malcym
7 71%
Jan 26, 2014 Josh_Forrest Josh Forrest
65 73%
Jan 19, 2014 Veterini Veterini
79 67%
Jan 14, 2014 schedrevka
87 61%
Jan 05, 2014 cmiles cmiles
75 57%
Jan 03, 2014 DancingP
81 85%
Dec 31, 2013 elmakebabi elmakebabi
40 11%
Mike Leigh? How come? Such annoying characters? Those laughs? God!
Dec 24, 2013 nilooravaei nilooravaei
82 58%
this is probably my favourite mike leigh film yet, because Leigh got out of his own way and actually revealed a bit about his characters, and the resulting emotion was wonderful.
Dec 23, 2013 mr_oscar mr oscar
50 15%
Nov 29, 2013 sawyer
74 88%
Nov 28, 2013 Sinemaestro Amadeus
67 29%
Nov 28, 2013 debaser1985
75 79%
Nov 16, 2013 Adam_P_D Adam P-D
50 53%
Nov 15, 2013 mklitsch
80 65%
Nov 02, 2013 EntertainMe
74 61%
Oct 21, 2013 01210 01210
94 95%
Oct 08, 2013 SirRobbie SirRobbie
80 70%
The conversation between the mother and daughter in this film (you know which one) has to be one of the most powerful ones in cinema - it's like life in pill form... which the daughter had to swallow...with no water. Also, I wonder what happend to Aubrey.
Oct 05, 2013 glm01
87 84%
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Sep 27, 2013 veronikaz
90 60%
Sep 19, 2013 Holliana
6 25%
Sep 06, 2013 Barkinson
50 39%
Sep 06, 2013 gam01 gam01
80 77%
Sep 05, 2013 JooJoo JooJoo
4 53%
Sep 05, 2013 sidehacker sidehacker
63 38%
Yeah, Leigh finds something heartbreaking in these cartoony characters, but they're still too flat and simple to be really interesting. I guess it's not that different from something like Abigail's Party but maybe the "filmed play" aesthetic there actually works in its favor. Really just wanted a whole movie around the sisters, and not just because the Dworkin-quoting bulimic food fetishist looks like an ex.
Sep 04, 2013 panchovilla
88 87%
Aug 26, 2013 wetwillies wetwillies
85 54%
Alison Steadman is incredible. The scene where she finally breaks down her feelings towards her daughter is undoubtedly the best in the movie. I love the way there is no real resolution in this, all of these plot threads left to hang in the balance. Makes it feel much more real.
Aug 21, 2013 beathappened
93 91%
Aug 20, 2013 DallasSD
90 80%
Aug 16, 2013 monoglot
50 30%
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
70 68%
Aug 08, 2013 Telemecus
21 17%
Aug 01, 2013 Trovid
95 80%
Jul 28, 2013 sollochs
100 89%
Jul 21, 2013 katsuben
3 36%
Jun 27, 2013 Film.com
88 88%
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
60 20%
Jun 22, 2013 Warren Warren
89 92%
Leigh's most secret and potent weapon is the ability to build a feeling of familiarity and sympathy with his characters, and this is a beautiful example of feeling like you're leaving a group of friends when the film is over. Mostly lacking in conventional drama or narrative (the lives these people live are mostly mundane) but there are scenes that bowled me over emotionally with their sincerity and the strength of the performances. A quiet but lovely piece of work.
Jun 18, 2013 DingoBerger DingoBerger
79 77%
Jun 14, 2013 matty5190 matty5190
83 53%
Jun 14, 2013 Dogubomb Dogubomb
60 73%
Jun 14, 2013 MA M_A
74 68%
Jun 09, 2013 Baby Sloth
72 54%
Jun 07, 2013 NRM02
77 90%
Jun 03, 2013 dsjoerdsma
73 58%
May 23, 2013 Frejs
80 50%
May 13, 2013 sellis
87 80%
How do I end up seeing every one Leigh's movies at the perfect time in my life? Every single time.
Apr 18, 2013 Greg K
66 59%
Mar 30, 2013 Mr_Saturn Mr. Saturn
85 82%
Mar 24, 2013 jonnykungfu
85 86%
Mar 11, 2013 lagartazul lagartazul
93 83%
Feb 28, 2013 kastenm kastenm
84 89%
Feb 19, 2013 Montont
87 86%
Feb 18, 2013 Vasily
80 64%
Feb 08, 2013 Woody92 Woody92
93 81%
Feb 03, 2013 Nepeta
85 79%
I could find Mike Leigh films like this one quite annoying if it weren't for the fact that every single character in this rings true to me: I'm certain I've known people like them. These characters may be hyperbolic and caricatured, yet I recognise something very real in all of them. Life is Sweet ranks among Leigh's lighter and more comedic films (and is very enjoyable), but still has time to deal compassionately with the issue of bulimia. Nicola now ranks among my favourite characters ever.
Feb 02, 2013 sergebarber sergebarber
2 51%
Jan 20, 2013 madmen1977
75 37%
Jan 16, 2013 OrenJi
92 79%
Jan 04, 2013 penguinfreud penguinfreud
80 86%
Jan 04, 2013 Thomassejer Thomassejer
80 69%
Jan 02, 2013 capodelnulla capodelnulla
80 78%
Jan 01, 2013 grapeshine
80 83%
Dec 14, 2012 Luci Luci
80 82%
Nov 04, 2012 uysalherif uysalherif
70 70%
Oct 23, 2012 Ronin21
85 86%
Oct 20, 2012 fellipe_1806
40 2%
Oct 18, 2012 parmesan parmesan
79 65%
Oct 13, 2012 fed10000
10 12%
Oct 09, 2012 cysglyd
95 98%
Oct 03, 2012 rfdutra rfdutra
5 37%
Sep 25, 2012 tattoo
83 88%
Sep 11, 2012 Lowlander
81 39%
Sep 06, 2012 cinemahell cinema_hell
85 71%
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