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Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

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Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, ... | SALLY HAWKINS AND ALEXIS ZEGERMAN
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SALLY HAWKINS AND ALEXIS ZEGERMAN

Details Limited Release: Oct 10, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 118 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Sally Hawkins; Distributor: Miramax

Mike Leigh follows 2004's melancholic Vera Drake with a whimsical comedy that chronicles a few weeks in the life of Poppy (Sally Hawkins), a schoolteacher who confronts every obstacle in her life (a stolen bike, a scornful driving instructor) with eternal optimism. Between laughs, Leigh still manages to squeeze in some of his patented social commentary. ''For me, we're making a kind of anti-miserabilist film, because we live in tough times and it's easy to be down about many things, about what we're doing to people in the world,'' Leigh says. ''It's a love letter to life.''
OUR TWO CENTS This is Leigh's sunniest film since Topsy-Turvy, with a performance by Hawkins that won her a prize at the Berlin Film Festival. 10/10

See a clip of EW’s Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum discussing this film

Originally posted Aug 13, 2008 Published in issue #1007-1008 Aug 22, 2008 Order article reprints