ANOTHER YEAR Add To My Top 10
Pro-Marriage Character Study
Release Date: December 29, 2010
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 129 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Mike Leigh
Producer: Georgina Lowe
Writer: Mike Leigh
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
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Tom and Gerri have been married more than 30 years. They are just as in love now as the day they wed.
Through a series of seasonal vignettes, the lives of Tom and Gerri’s depressed friends are explored. They include: Mary, a hapless, lonely middle-aged woman who drinks; Ken, a close friend of the family who covers his despondency with alcoholism; Joe, their 30-year-old son who cannot seem to find the right woman; and, Ronnie, Tom’s brother, a grieving widower.
Tom and Gerri’s marriage is the stabilizing force in the lives of everyone around them. Their life is simple, yet their love is a testament to the power of marriage.
ANOTHER YEAR is an episodic, character-driven, slice-of-life story. The movie’s pace, much like the characters of Tom and Gerri, is slow, moving and simple, yet warm and heartfelt. The contrast of Tom and Gerri’s simple, passionate love for one another is well contrasted against the other characters’ lonely and melancholy existences. The contrast of Tom and Gerri’s happiness with everyone else’s sadness is a wonderful, moral testimony to the power of marriage to provide happiness and stability.
The movie is centered on Tom and Gerri, but their characters sometime feel flat and inactive when held up against dynamic characters like Mary, the lonely middle-aged woman. As a matter of fact, Mary’s character often feels like the central character of the movie, and the actress who portrays Mary, Lesley Manville, is brilliant in that role.
ANOTHER YEAR has a positive, morally uplifting view of a good marriage, but it also has some politically correct elements of environmentalism and anti-capitalism as well as one brief homosexual joke. There is also some foul language as well as alcohol use, drunkenness, cigarette smoking throughout, and a brief conversation about marijuana. That said, these objectionable elements are brief, and detract only slightly from the positive, moral content. The movie also has some overt positive Christian content, including a Christian funeral with Scripture read and prayer in Jesus Christ’s name.
ANOTHER YEAR is episodic and character-driven. The pace is slow, moving and simple, yet warm and heartfelt. Tom and Gerri’s love for one another contrasts with the sad lives of the others. Sometimes, however, the other characters take center stage. ANOTHER YEAR also has some politically correct content, foul language, alcohol abuse, smoking, and brief marijuana references in one scene. However, it presents a morally uplifting view of marriage, with brief Christian references to Scripture, prayer and Jesus Christ.