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Is life sweet? Yes, it is, according to Mike Leigh, the director of the award winning 1991 British film, “Life is Sweet.”
This film is not about the genteel Britain of “Upstairs, Downstairs” or Jane Austen, but is a raw, edgy and darkly comedic film about a working class family in contemporary London suburbia.
Each family member is highly quirky, from the chirpy, continuously joking mother, brilliantly played by Alison Steadman, to the suffering, disturbed and confused bulimic twin daughter portrayed by the award winning actress Jane Horrocks. In between are the cheerful and fuzzy brained dad Andy (Jim Broadbent) and the very together other twin daughter played by Claire Skinner.
The food themes that run throughout the movie are metaphors for their lives and relationships. Andy, a chef in a large hotel, is persuaded while under the influence of his regular pub mate, to buy a completely derelict food van.
Meanwhile, Wendy, the mom, who already teaches little girls dance and works in a used children’s clothing store, takes on yet another part time job helping out at the family friend’s new French restaurant, which offers one of the weirdest menus ever concocted in a bizarrely decorated premises.
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