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Plot, Details & Awards

Life Is Sweet

Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality.

R In Theaters 10/24/1991 , 105min.
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Plot & Details

Mike Leigh's situation comedy about a lower middle-class family in the London suburbs is a slice-of-life chronicle that subtly reveals the pain and rage underneath the surface of day-to-day conventions. The youngish parents, Wendy (Alison Steadman) and Andy (Jim Broadbent) live with their 20-something twin daughters, Nicola (Jane Horrocks) and Natalie (Claire Skinner). Natalie, a plumber's assistant, is clean-cut and forever looks on the bright side of life. Nicola, who is unemployed, has nothing but contempt for conventionality. As the daughters deal with the obsessively sunny Wendy and the lackadaisical Andy, and confront a succession of ne'er-do-well friends and neighbors, a darker picture is painted of this normal family -- particularly Nicola, who is convinced she is fat and ugly (despite her emaciated appearance), with Natalie being a constant rebuke to her.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Mike Leigh Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Jane Horrocks Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Jane Horrocks Won
1990 National Society of Film Critics Best Picture Won
1990 National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Alison Steadman Won

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