The Painter and the Thief
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riddled with wretched, pathetic, hopeless losers. Jumpin' jeebus these people. Never knew Corden looked like that, but it adds to the slovenly mess of a human he is. Are these characters typical viewers will like/care about? Most likely not, but the actors- Manville (always so good), Spall (houndog as hell), Sheen, Mays as a right hooligan meathead, and a hot young Sally Hawkins- take what would be morose overkill in the hands of lesser players and transcend that ill fate. With Leigh's assured guidance, All or Nothing and its cast bring to life people 'real as few movie characters ever are' made for a movie which, while you may not see it again, you know is a quite worthy film made by skilled artists just doing what makes them great. 3.7 stars
A painful watch. Not much more to say about it. What gives beauty to this work, is the same thing that makes is difficult to watch.
some of the best acting in cinema
The picture is wrong. It's a depressing movie...
this is the wrong movie poster..i'm talking mike leigh director, english..2002. sad sad moving movie about "normal" people.
Social realism as it captures details of the lives of people we care about. The beauty of Mike Leigh's film is that at one point, the viewer may parts depressing, then something happens to make it more uplifting. Great performances.
An oft neglected Mike Leigh film. I found it beyond moving (I cried!) and absolutely brilliant in its deliberate pacing, attention to detail and understated but powerhouse performances. Anyone attempting realism in narrative film should really be aiming for Leigh's high watermark -- its a peak very rarely grasped by other filmmakers. There really isn't anyone else doing work like -- not since Berman, but even he wasn't a realist like Leigh is.
This may be the best way to show off Leigh's unique methodology of crafting characters by working with actors. These actors (each of them amazing) literally create and become their character's through studious rehearsal and pre-production processes. By the time the film is made it is as if Leigh is doing documentary work, capturing the real people suffering before him. Timothy Spall, despite his distinctive appearance, proves himself again a chameleon when working with Leigh. It took me several minutes to recognize Sally Hawkins (she is radiant -- amazing -- still one of my favorite actors). Perhaps one of his finest films, not to be neglected -- place it alongside Secrets & Lies, Another Year and Naked.
Prepare to be sucked into a world in which you feel every emotion experienced by the character on screen. Heartbreaking and brilliant.
Mike Leigh es la contraparte inglesa de los hermanos Dardenne en Francia. Leigh lleva años narrando con una maestría intachable los avatares de la clase trabajadora en películas como "Naked", "Secret And Lies" o "Vera Drake", entre otras magníficas obras. En esta cinta, Leigh se enfoca en tres familias y como una Matrioshka, disecciona las relaciones que se establecen entre el trabajo, los padres, las madres, las hijas y las parejas. "All Or Nothing" es una cinta que toca las fibras más profundas de todos aquellos que por alguna circunstancia hemos tenido alguna vez que comer mierda. Imperdible.