Episode 112: Mike Leigh’s “Life Is Sweet”
A discussion of Mike Leigh’s 1991 film, “Life Is Sweet.”
In 1991, Mike Leigh examines the small, intimate moments of a working class British family in “Life Is Sweet.” The film focuses on twin sisters, Nicola and Natalie, and how they relate to each other and their parents Wendy and Andy. The film serves as a brief look at a family struggling with itself, society and the economic system of a post-Margaret Thatcher England.
How does Mike Leigh experiment with the traditional three act structure in “Life Is Sweet?” What can be gained by following the lives of these twin sisters, Nicola and Natalie? And how does the introduction of David Thewlis in “Life Is Sweet,” inform us of his next role in Mike Leigh’s “Naked?”
Mike Leigh’s “Life Is Sweet” is the subject of episode 112 of the AuteurCast…