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Life Is Sweet Details

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Mike Leigh's situation comedy about a lower middle-class family in the London suburbs is a slice-of-life chronicle that subtly reveals the pain and rage underneath the surface of day-to-day conventions. The youngish parents, Wendy (Alison Steadman) and Andy (Jim Broadbent) live with their 20-something twin daughters, Nicola (Jane Horrocks) and Natalie (Claire Skinner). Natalie, a plumber's assistant, is clean-cut and forever looks on the bright side of life. Nicola, who is unemployed, has nothing but contempt for conventionality. As the daughters deal with the obsessively sunny Wendy and the lackadaisical Andy, and confront a succession of ne'er-do-well friends and neighbors, a darker picture is painted of this normal family -- particularly Nicola, who is convinced she is fat and ugly (despite her emaciated appearance), with Natalie being a constant rebuke to her. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Society of Film Critics Alison Steadman Best Actress 1990 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Jane Horrocks Best Supporting Actress 1990 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Jane Horrocks Best Supporting Actress 1990 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Mike Leigh Best Foreign Film 1991 Nominee

Crew

Mike Leigh
Director
Simon Channing-Williams
Producer
Mike Leigh
Screenwriter
Dick Pope
Cinematographer
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
Alison Chitty
Production Designer
Sophie Becher
Art Director
Lindy Hemming
Costume Designer
Malcolm Hirst
Sound Recordist
Carolyn Walsh
Makeup
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