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Mike Leigh's first film after his international success Mike Leigh was this comedy-drama about two former college roommates spending a weekend together -- the first time they've seen each other in six years. As teenagers, Annie (Lynda Steadman) was painfully shy, terribly nervous (so much so that it manifested itself in a severe facial rash) and in desperate need of self-esteem. Hannah (Katrin Cartlidge), on the other hand, had strong opinions about everything and a habit of blurting them out regardless of the hurt they would inflict upon others. Years later, Annie has gained a certain confidence and poise (and her face has cleared up), but she's yet to learn how to relax, while Hannah is still incapable of letting a quiet moment speak for itself. As they spend the weekend hunting for apartments (Annie's looking for a new place to live), they're constantly reminded of their past together -- how far they've come, and how far they still have to go. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who won acclaim for her role as the daughter given up for adoption in Mike Leigh, co-wrote the musical score for this film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 8, 1997


Katrin Cartlidge
as Hannah
Lynda Steadman
as Annie
Kate Byers
as Claire
Mark Benton
as Richard 'Ricky' Burton
Andy Serkis
as Mr. Evans
Joe Tucker
as Adrian
Margo Stanley
as Ricky's Nan


Mike Leigh
Simon Channing-Williams
Mike Leigh
Dick Pope
Tony Remy
Composer (Music Score)
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Composer (Music Score)
Robin Sales
Eve Stewart
Production Designer
Helen Scott
Art Director
Eve Stewart
Costume Designer
Nick Heckstall-Smith
First Assistant Director
Susie Parriss
Christine Blundell
Georgina Lowe
Production Supervisor