Mike Leigh

All or Nothing

+ Q&A with Mike Leigh

Life, love and lyricism on a south London estate.

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UK 2002
Dir Mike Leigh
With Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, James Corden, Alison Garland, Sally Hawkins, Daniel Mayes
128min
4K Digital restoration
Certificate 18

On a south London council estate Spall’s listless mini-cab driver, Manville’s supermarket check-out clerk and their obese children work through a cleverly maintained storyline with friends, colleagues and neighbours to achieve a tough compromise with happiness. Another series of perfectly chosen, evocative locations – with a couple of severe narrative jolts (a heart attack, a dash for freedom to the Kent coast) – maintain a level tone of working-class poetry.

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