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Life is Sweet



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Life Is Sweet or not so sweet for the family in question.

In recent years, I've become particularly captivated by the cinema of Mike Leigh; shining a close light and reflecting upon ordinary British lives. Social Realistic, almost observatory documentarian style of film making. So much so, that the films I've had the privilege to make so far in my career have shaped a considerable element of the, 'lost in thought' and the social study of individual characters.

Similar to Mike Leigh's early short films, with reference to, 'The Short and Curly's'. In Life is Sweet, Mr Leigh directs a comedic take on life and it's plethora of struggles brought our way.  But isn't short of hard hitting subject matters such as Bulimia disorder, nervous breakdowns and the complexity of family dynamics. Comparing to Mike Leigh's later works such as 'Happy Go Lucky', all works follow frequent auteuristic themes, put crudely, you know it's a Mike Leigh film. But, for me the earlier films such as Life is Sweet achieve a much greater impact and standing in cinema.

Life is Sweet is a stunning film with wonderful performances all around, from an all star cast, with the director utilising the long take to his advantage frequently in the film. The above example taken from the ending scene, shows a static camera angle - with little to no variation. Leigh, achieves total captivity from the audience. You're simply drawn into the scene. You are here within the action, living files turbulent ups and downs, along with the characters. I adored the feeling as if I was sitting right there in the scene. This surely is the viewer's POV.

In conclusion, a classic film and desirable work from one of Britain's cinema genius'.

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