6. Another Year
This pure and moving Mike Leigh film has none of the glib class-war caricature that has often marred his work. Instead there's just a shaggy ensemble of middle-class, middle-aged friends, who are trying desperately to avoid the idea that they are getting old. Ruth Sheen and Jim Broadbent, as a happy boho couple, are the film's beguiling center of sanity, and Lesley Manville, as a tippler with outdated dreams, gives a great, funny performance that echoes with lonely passion.
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