Another Year

I could have wrung that bloody saintly woman’s neck. And quite early on in the film, too. Smug, smug, smug. I never liked counsellors anyway, but Gerri takes the biscuit. Her husband Tom is somewhat nicer in an ordinary way, but the overwhelming happiness of these two middle class people is sickening.

Ruth Sheen and Jim Broadbent in Another Year

Whereas it’s hard to totally like Mary – Gerri’s ‘friend’ from work – she is more of a real person than the two she hopes to be ‘saved’ by. Lesley Manville does a great job as Mary, and the fact that I’m getting so worked up about the whole film proves that it’s very well done indeed. Just not terribly uplifting. I don’t want to be Mary, and I’m no Gerri.

Every single person around them has a hard time, and Tom and Gerri (yes, really) sail straight through, with their allotment and their happiness.

Fantastic cameo by Imelda Staunton, being patronised by a know-it-all, young doctor.

David Bradley and Lesley Manville in Another Year

David Bradley as Tom’s brother is better than ever. It’s a pity that they had to film ‘up north’ as though it’s always a poor and drab place; somewhere the sun doesn’t shine. I know it fits in with the plot, but it was just that little bit too much North and South.

This is an extremely good film. And awfully depressing.

(At Cornerhouse from Friday.)

2 responses to “Another Year

  1. Agreed with most of that, but not the last two lines. Wasn’t particular depressed, but felt it wasn’t quite up to snuff. I’d have Jim Broadbent in a minute though.

  2. Well, I’ve been having thoughts recently about books (so why not films?) that clearly are very good, but that I don’t like. What should one say about them? I couldn’t fault Another Year as a film, except it wasn’t enjoyable. Easier to sit through a film than finishing a book when you feel like that.

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