Life Is Sweet: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1990) / Region 1
Life Is Sweet: The Criterion Collection

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Life Is Sweet: The Criterion Collection

This invigorating film from Mike Leigh was his first international sensation. Melancholy and funny by turns, it is an intimate portrait of a working class family in a suburb just north of London - an irrepressible mum and dad (Alison Steadman and Jim Broadbent) and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a troubled, ill-tempered layabout (Claire Skinner and Jane Horrocks). Leigh and his typically brilliant cast create, with extraordinary sensitivity and craft a vivid, lived-in story of ordinary existence, in which even modest dreams - such as the father's desire to open a food truck - carry enormous weight.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 18 2013
  • Production Year 1990
  • Empire SKU 1644864
  • UPC Code 715515105514
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


New Audio Commentary Featuring Director Mike Leigh
Audio Recording Of A 1991 Interview With Leigh At The National Film theatre in London
Five Short Films Written and Directed by Leigh for the Proposed Television Series Five-Minute Films, With A New Audio Introduction By Leigh
Booklet Featuring An Essay By Critic David Sterritt


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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