Bleak Moments

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Released 1971

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Bleak Moments

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Director:
Mike Leigh
Released:
1971
Rating:
R
Bleak Moments is the acclaimed 1972 debut comedy drama from celebrated writer-director Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lives, Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year). Sylvia (Anne Raitt) is an attractive yet shy working-class woman caring for her mentally disabled sister, Hilda (Sarah Stephenson). Her well-meaning harridan of a workmate pitches in to help from time to time, but Sylvia knows this woman is a credulous boob. There's a teacher down the street, also shy to the point of being socially inept. He likes Hilda, but that dog won't hunt, so he takes a shine to Sylvia. Will either of these two break through their timidity? Will anyone get face to face and come down to brass tacks? If Leigh's vision of stodgy English reserve and working class ennui has anything to say about it, we can assume it's not likely. This film is set and was at least partly filmed on location in the suburb of Streatham, in South London.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is a first film by a young British director who exhibits in every scene a complete mastery of the kind of characterization he is attempting. This film is a masterpiece, plain an...

  • 80

    The Telegraph

    Portraying an instantly recognisable reality with a raw, utterly uncompromising intensity.

  • 60

    Empire Kim Newman

    Downright depressing.

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Drama

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Love & Romance, Independent, Classics