Nicola really is seriously disturbed - convinced she is ugly and fat - and the sunny cheerfulness of her sister acts only as a daily depressant. I am not prepared to reveal that at this stage Why not? What was I supposed to do? Getting conned As usual Aubrey are you alright? Nah I've got to go and see me old Mum Alright - Y'know what I mean Alright cheers all the best To be honest with you It's worth far more in scrap value alone than what I paid for it So what did you pay for it then? Oh thanks only I didn't want to let you down y'know You haven't I've had six different blouses on tonight No so as long as you're happy y'know You're superb Eh is that what you're wearing? Town Hello Nat What you been doing? His wife meanwhile helps out at a restaurant owned by a friend. What follows is a mildly humorous attempt to tell an everyday tale of suburban folk with whom we are supposed to sympathise as they nag each other at every available opportunity. I like it do it again I'm not doing anything I'm not Go on then Has Nicola come to bed yet? Well that is not for me to say Wendy You're behaving like a big kid Don't be cheeky Alright Patsy Andy where're you going? The best way to further improve this article to start class is to follow the instructions within the above film banner. Well I don't want it sitting there do I for 2 years blocking my view Nah this has inspired me I want to get back get down to work, get stuck in Pigs might fly Fuck you What's up mate? She works in a shop and teaches a dance class to young children. Eh Andy look at his face No anything you like Wendy y'know Comme ci comme ca come casual What? Nicola suffers from anorexia and is obsessed with men and Marxism, while apprentice plumber Natalie refuses to be stereotyped with any preconceived notion of femininity and dreams of escaping to America.
It's all in the mind Do you want to put it down Yeah I think it's on the turn but I didn't want to waste it I had a few ideas but, y'know Why didn't you eat it? Synopsis Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. By the way, make sure not to delete information on talk pages as it should be kept for historical interest. Yeah that's the bastard that's the culprit What? As a result, the film bears little of the mark of spontaneous development that earlier works had — even if the two films share the presence of Jim Broadbent, who plays W. Yeah she's over the moon See ya - See ya Have a good time Have another shot then Oh very flash 200? Watching this movie made me realize how boring and thin many movies are; how they substitute plots for the fascinations of life. Yeah It's alright I can cope I can do it on my own - No you can't Yes I can I've come this far so far solo I can go the whole hog I can wait on table I can do that, I'm not proud I can eat in a fucking kitchen Aubrey Aubrey calm down calm down What you got to do you got to get onto an agency Get a waitress over here to cover you til you get yourself sorted out Yeah 'cause you need that little support That's right It's alright Andy Wendy Everything's hunkydory cool I'm in complete control If ever I see her again I'll stick a knife in her guts I'll slice her face off y'know Whoah whoah whoah whoah whoah Jesus Christ don't the neighbours complain? You do us any tea Wend? Aubrey is nervous, fidgety and has poor impulse control, often randomly destroying nearby objects; the other way he vents his tensions is by playing the drums very badly. How many tips did you score? Don't be rotten Eh listen, what have I got to wear? I know because you've given up 'cause your not happy, that's how I know I am happy You've lost all your friends I don't see them knocking on the door anymore I don't want friends they dissapoint you I mean you say you want to change the world You're supposed to be political but I don't see you doing anything about it I am political and shut the door How are you political? Nah can't afford it What about that hundred? I know that there is a great deal more to be done; I would appreciate it if someone could spell out exactly what.
Natalie — awake in the next room — overhears her. Aubrey , a hyperactive but emotionally labile family friend, is opening a Parisian-themed restaurant named. It's gonna rain ain't it It don't look like rain to me I don't want to get all me sand and cement out and have it piss down on me, do I? We love you, you stupid girl! Sweet Fanny Adams as usual Anybody ring? Chinese Oh yeah, do you want some more? If only we had more films like this than maybe life wouldn't seem so complicated. Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh. Hello Yeah speaking yeah Oh hello how're you? Archived from on 22 December 2015. Wendy receives the news with a characteristic mixture of sympathy and amusement.
I'll get it off him, he's not going to get away with that Outrageous behaviour I got to go Wend See you tonight I'll be late Where're you going? This was the catchphrase of Little Jim, a recurring character from the 1950s programme. You stupid girl What've you done you silly sod? More important are the faces: each tells an entire story. A packet of fags No chance Mean cow If you're giving your stomach a rest you might as well give your lungs a rest an all So what have you been up to? Give us it, give us back How much do you want for that then? Oh Nicola Nicola's not here right she's at home saving the world Now look you've got vodka all down you're suit and that's your best suit you've bought for tonight, right? Oh careful Oh dear me Aubrey You alright mate? Wendy accepts a part-time job as waitress in the restaurant, but her and Andy's initial confidence in the scheme is undermined by Aubrey's unorthodox approach to the interior décor a cluttered, half-realised combination of outmoded French clichés, such as a bicycle in the bay window, and of tasteless Victoriana such as a stuffed cat's head framed by broken accordion sconces and by his menu. It appears that Nicola can only be aroused by a combination of light bondage and the consumption of from her chest — a practice to which he only reluctantly agrees. This article is supported by. In contrast, the fidgety and isolated Nicola becomes increasingly agitated, aggressive and reclusive, and Wendy finally confronts her. What with a beautiful girl like you? Wendy his hard-working, good-natured and innuendo-prone wife is sensibly sceptical about the project but understands her husband's ambitions.
You know what I'm talking about At nights Getting sick and everything I'm not sick Oh come on I'm not It's hot isn't it I can't help it I know I think we should do something about it Who's we? Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh. Terrible if you must know Why? No, the skin spread out like a rug Oh charming - Eww She had arthritic hands couldn't turn her tap on Thought it was bust I went straight to it gave it a good twist and it was perfectly alright So what did you do then? Natalie, with short neat hair and a snappy, droll manner, is a plumber; she has a holiday planned in America, but little else. Andy is one of the head chefs for a caterer. Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah No I didn't actually You should of had some little cards printed then I could of given them out in the shop Yeah I didn't want to attract the wrong sort of people y'know Oh charming oh thanks very much Aubrey Would you like another glass of wine Wendy? Come on do us a favour Give us a clue No, shtoom is the word if you don't go you'll never know Be there or be square Nah Alright, suit yourself I'll see you in a minute How long are you going to be We'll be right back - Where you going? Andy is presented as a loving but slightly ineffectual husband and father, fond of tinkering in his shed and buying broken things which he plans to get around to fixing at some unspecified future date. Coward and Lean pat their characters on the back.
No Patsy I don't want it I don't want anything Mean bastard Come on you bastards I'm open I'm ready, I'm waiting for you this is what you've all been waiting for Come and get it Fish wifes Footballers You English dickhead You can stick to your fish and chips go on, go and get cancer Thousand pounds Ten thousand pounds Go on mate cook him You working class morons Go and eat your own shit go on That is enough No more Right? Just a little bit that way darling, that's it Ok after four One, two, three, four Stretch Yeah Round, stretch You make me feel so happy That's a good girl Lucy You make me feel so good You make me feel like dancing And I'm losing control You make me feel electric You make me feel a babe So why don't you invite me On a holiday Happy happy happy holidays Get your legs up Stretch right up like you're stretching for sweets on the top shelf Happy happy holidays why don't you take me on a holiday with you Come on, enjoy yourself Hands on your hip like that Yeah that's it and the other one Now wave with both hands Right That's it Very good, come on Laura you can be leader now Right out here stick to the edges that's right Let's have a bit of a bum swing from you Above your heads come on hands up Oh swing those bums That's it and you're doing that cleaning your mums windows Alright and then you see your best friend So your shouting out Hi it's me, I'm here Say hi Say it's me I'm here Give me a five pound note I want to go and spend it on sweets I thought that would get you smiling I thought you would like that Come on who's going to be the leader now then Right come on then Time to go home Not too much of a rush now I don't want you tripping over Right get your coats and shoes outside as usual Alright do you want to put your little cardigan on Suzi? Their mother, for her sins, works part-time in a children's wear shop and takes children's dancing lessons on Saturday mornings. The funniest passage in the movie actually has little to do with the rest of it; it involves a family friend the feckless who opens a grotty French restaurant on the high road, hires one of the girls as his waitress, and then gets doggedly drunk while waiting for customers and reviewing his implausible menu. His wife Wendy divides her time between teaching dance classes, waitressing and what she views as her homemaking duties. A fucking dump Like the rest of your house Middle class wanker This your old mans? Nicola, played by Horrocks, hides behind glasses, tangled hair and cigarettes, and affects a great contempt for all things conventional, progressive, or healthy. What is amazing is that a man can labor against the market forces of the stage and screen for 20 years and still retain his sense of humor. Her husband, a gullible sort, hates his job as a chef in a large company and longs to work for himself, which makes him an easy target for a devious drinking partner who persuades him to buy a clapped out mobile snack bar. You're not prepared to work full stop You've accepted Nat as a plumber and you didn't like that at first No I didn't I didn't like it But I can see now I was wrong because she's happy I don't know what I want to do yet Oh don't you? What, are you taking their side now? Yeah yeah No it was my Dads actually yeah it was in the shed Aww isn't that nice Andy Aww he would of been proud of you Aubrey No I don't think he would of cared less Wendy y'know He was a nasty old bastard Here look at this Oh you've got a fish tank look That's good isn't it Oh yeah I thought they were real So did I Oh fish look a bit unfit don't they The water's murky isn't it Yeah I'm going to put a couple of lobsters in there So people can choose them and I'm going to cook them in over a minute y'know Nice one Yeah so where are you going to put your prawns then? Get another cat like Tigger What a little kitten? Ten minutes Wend Where're you going I'll be right back - Bye bye Wendy Andy What's he doing? The twins know almost everything about each other, but several important secrets have never been openly discussed, and now they are, as the family's underlying problems come out into the open.
No Is it auto biographical? She calls his bluff and loses: frustrated but resolute, he leaves her and her fragile emotional state deteriorates even further. And yet that is what he has done. Oh no sorry Brian I'm sorry I know you shouldn't laugh, but Aw is he alright though? You writing a novel what's it about? He has published reviews in The Boston Globe , The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York , Bookforum , and other publications. Watching this movie made me realize how boring and thin many movies are; how they substitute plots for the fascinations of life. Yeah action stations No Shit Fucking yuppies They went straight past Oh did they? Alright Suzi are you ready? These were originally intended to be parts of a series of 30-40 films with interwoven storylines and characters; Leigh walked away from the project when the studio suggested that other directors take on various entries. You're joking me Leave it out What time's that flight to Prague? This film is about how they interact and play out family, conflict and love.
Yeah yeah thanks very much So Andrew what do you think? The brittle behavioural armour with which Nicola has protected her psyche is now shattered and she breaks down sobbing. Have you ever seen those hot dog fellas they're all like that Don't know what you're talking about Lipstick's a bit bright Nat Oh very amusing Where're you going? Oh yeah What about Aubrey? No I don't know why I said it really We could get a big Rottweiller then it might eat Nicola That's a good idea That's one way of getting rid of her We should get a crocodile My hair's falling out Yeah well stop pulling it then It still falls out It's really nice hair Are you taking the piss? Mike Leigh's film lacks the razor sharp wit of his 1977 comedy Abigail's Party, although he hasn't lost his ability to find pathos in the most innocuous situations. Most movies begin by knowing everything about their characters. We've seen it all before y'know He fell in the water Prat - Boring git Shut up You're going to break a leg one of these days Andy You alright Andy? It seems that Hollywood has taken a liking to darker and grim themed films lately, but The Sweet Life has a somewhat lighter and humorous approach. I especially want to avoid spoiling for you the extraordinary impact of an outburst by Wendy, the mother, who tells her girls some of the sorts of things children do not realize about parents.
By contrast, the scenes depicting Andy at work show him as a highly competent executive chef. You should watch and see it for yourself! This was the first release by Thin Man, who have produced all Leigh's films since Life Is Sweet. It looks a lot better than what was initially there. His singularly grotesque interpretation of the excesses of includes dishes such as on a bed of , in and pork cyst. Eh hello anyone at home hello hello You're a fake I am intelligent Are you coming upstairs? Yeah yeah yeah it's eh The possibilities are eh.
Aw me Dad had one of them - Did he? Good job so far, and if you want a review for B class, make sure to nominate it again. Meanwhile, Andy is seen running his kitchen at work with energy and authority but slips on a spoon, breaking his ankle. No thanks mate I don't use them Wendy would you like a liquor No ta no I'm fine Who's that then? Leigh's third cinematic film, it was his most commercially successful title at the time of release. All of these events are both important and utterly unimportant in this story of a family's seesawing between function and dysfunction. She works in a baby clothing shop and teaches a dance class to young children. Drink Have one for me Staying in? I feel like Princess Margaret I could of killed you last night I'll drop in on him on my way back from work, tell him he was out of order Will you? Oh perhaps they weren't hungry Where's Pauline? Of course it is it belongs to my brother Look the old griddle Ah there she is, beautiful Haven't seen those in a while Ah she's still in good nick though You must be joking it's fucked isn't it It's got everything you need in here I'm making a tea Nicola do you want one? I'm already married I'm married to Andy I love Andy he's my best friend Yeah well we're very fond of you now you know that I don't care, I don't care if you're married to Andy You can still marry me you just don't have to tell him Now stop it right now sit down Sit down What're you doing? Nah it's fromage frais isn't it - Yoghurt Is it? One of the family's daughters, Nicola , who is very troubled, has a boyfriend and then loses him. Summary: Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola.