Skip to Content
Poster for Life Is Sweet
Watch trailer for Life Is Sweet Watch trailer

Life Is Sweet

Opens on September 16

Director: Mike Leigh Run Time: 103 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1990

Starring: Alison Steadman, Claire Skinner, David Thewlis, Jane Horrocks, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Timothy Spall

New Digital Restoration!

This invigorating film from Mike Leigh was his first international sensation. Melancholy and funny by turns, it is an intimate portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London—an irrepressible mum and dad and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a troubled, ill-tempered layabout. Leigh and his typically brilliant cast create, with extraordinary sensitivity and craft, a vivid, lived-in story of ordinary existence, in which even modest dreams—such as the father’s desire to open a food truck—carry enormous weight.

Double Feature with HIGH HOPES

“You feel protective about Leigh’s work because its almost indescribable virtues touch the heart, yet far from being some delicate flower, Life Is Sweet has the wild, brazen, anything-goes energy of a 2-year-old, willing to take chances that would freeze the blood of another, more timidly conventional film.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Please Note: The Brattle no longer requires proof of vaccination to attend our events, however masks are still required except when actively eating or drinking. Please visit the Covid Response page for complete details.


powered by Filmbot