I like director Mike Leigh’s films because he always offers a no-holds-barred truthful examination of his characters lives. This film shows a happily married couple and their interactions with friends who are not so happy.
This is the story of what happens to upper middle class executives when they get laid off. Ben Affleck plays the exec who is in total denial until forced into working a construction job for his brother-in-law. The movie has great performances by all involved but it takes place in a white man’s world—there is only 1 woman who is not a nurse, secretary or homemaker and only 1 black person in the whole movie. A little clichéd but worth watching.
This is a Peruvian gay film. A fisherman with a pregnant wife is in love with an artist visiting his seaside town. What is most fascinating about this film is that it asks the question: what does it mean to be a man? I found the film to be sweet, sympathetic and thoughtful.