Mike Leigh

Life Is Sweet

+ Q&A with Mike Leigh

A new and exclusive restaurant in a local shopping area is the subject of Leigh’s food-infused comedy.

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UK 1990
Dir Mike Leigh
With Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Stephen Rea, Claire Skinner, Timothy Spall, Alison Steadman
Digital restoration
Certificate 15

This delightful food-and-family comedy, filmed on location in Enfield, North London, deals with failure, anorexia and sibling rivalry. Never-to-be-forgotten wannabe restaurateur Aubrey opens the Regret Rien (très exclusive) in a shopping parade with a menu of tripe soufflé, chilled brains, pork cyst and liver in lager. Meanwhile, Jane Horrocks (in a sex scene with David Thewlis) does for chocolate spread what Kim Basinger did for honey.

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