Director: Mike Leigh Run Time: 83 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1997
Starring: Andy Serkis, Joe Tucker, Kate Byers, Katrin Cartlidge, Lynda Steadman, Mark Benton
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Reuniting after six years, former university flatmates/current young professionals Hannah (Cartlidge) and Annie (Steadman) confront old friends and haunts as they tour London in search of Hannah’s prospective new apartment. As the memories flood back Leigh compares past and present: Annie has gained confidence in overcoming her chronic self-consciousness, while the once-aggressive Hannah has developed a mature empathy to match her sturdy independence. But even as Hannah and Annie re-establish their bond, certain wounds remain. With CAREER GIRLS Leigh once more proves a master at balancing the sad and the sweet as he charts his characters’ winding, intersecting paths through adulthood.
“In the small world it keenly describes, the film packs an emotional punch – silly voices and all.” – Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer