Life Is Sweet

Life Is Sweet

Discover an early performance from the veteran British actor Timothy Spall (‘Mrs Lowry & Son’) in Mike Leigh’s breakthrough film ‘Life is Sweet’, a compassionate satire of working-class Britain.

Andy is a professional chef and part-time DIY enthusiast who buys a decrepit hamburger van. His wife meanwhile helps out at a restaurant owned by a friend. They have two daughters. Nicola suffers from anorexia and is obsessed with men and Marxism, while apprentice plumber Natalie refuses to be stereotyped with any preconceived notion of femininity and dreams of escaping to America. A compassionate comedy about families, food, sex, anorexia, plumbing, hope, love and much else besides, it stars Alison Steadman, Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Claire Skinner and Timothy Spall.

★★★★ “Leigh has the skill to inspire with the everyday. Still one of his best.” - Dee Nkabu - Empire

★★★★★ “Superbly observed satire on late-Thatcherite Britain” - David Parkinson, Radio Times

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Runtime 103 Minutes
Release date 1990
  • Certification: 15