A fairly decent metaphor for the vietnam war and something of an exploration of a rather toxic form of masculinity. Great soundtrack by Ry Cooder. Am I reading something into the Cajun's being French speakers, in terms of the French involvement in Vietnam?
Perfectly articulates a sense of hopelesness and waste and leaves us without a conclusion to the sense of social ennui. In particular the way that Mark and Colin's family bristle with their mother's middle class sister is very well done, a masterclass in expressing class tensions. Elements of self-sabotage could in some ways be read as a criticism of the protagonists, but in the context of Mike Leigh's work I think we can be confident that wasn't what he was aiming for. Bleak.