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Topsy-Turvy (Review)

Criterion Collection, 1999, Rated R

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 20, 2011
At first glance, Mike Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy seems the oddball amongst the work of a filmmaker best known for the raw explorations of contemporary lower- and middle-class British life in Life Is Sweet, Secrets and Lies, Naked, Happy-Go-Lucky and more. A period piece set in Victorian London, the film looks at the often contentious relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan and the creation of their musical, The Mikado.  

Happy-Go-Lucky (Review)

Sally Hawkins illuminates Mike Leigh’s lighter-than-air new film

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sally Hawkins’ performance in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky is so free and sweet, so spontaneously unmannered and joyfully unaffected, that I found myself looking at her feet in various scenes. Were they really on the ground or was she walking on pure sunshine?  

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