Home Sweet Home (1982)
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Just because "Home Sweet Home" is less oppressive than some of Mike Leigh's other kitchen sink dramas, it does not mean that the characters here are any less miserable. Stan(Eric Richard), Gordon(Timothy Spall, impossibly young) and Harold(Tim Barker) may work as postmen but it is not their work lives that drive them to drink, even with Harold's awful jokes. It is their lives at home which make them miserable. Whether or not that has anything to do with them all being married is up for debate. To be honest, Stan's wife did leave him which probably says more about him than anything else. That leaves him plenty of time to listen to music, ignore his teenaged daughter in foster care, have tea with Hazel(Kay Stonham), Gordon's wife who just lost a lot of weight, pick up strange women in laundromats and court June(Su Elliott), Harold's wife. Hazel and June are both housewives(the movie is also a little dated) and have different thoughts about how their marriages should work starting with Gordon having more energy and ideas June gets from her beloved soap operas. So, in other words, everybody is missing happiness because they don't see what is directly in front of them. And won't somebody please think of the children?
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