1984 // UK // Mike Leigh
Meantime, and quite a few Mike Leigh films, are good films that I find no enjoyment out of watching. Unlike the filthiness permeated in John Waters films or the torturing cruelty displayed in films by Michael Haneke, I am simply being annoyed by the Leigh's characters because they are so real that they are unbearable to be befriended in real life. Yet I know they do "existed", the kind of person draining life out of society by degraded mocking and anarchic contempt. Yet they are not necessarily be a bad person, if one really needs to discern the good from the rotten. In Meantime, the Pollocks family was far from a likable and harmonious unity, they scolded and despised each other, they loved to hate each other, most prominently shown in between the dad Frank (Jeff Robert) and his eldest son Mark (Phil Daniels) in which their communication is done via cynicism and cursing. Mother Barbara (Marion Bailey) was the typical housewife, while the youngest son Colin (Tim Roth) seemed to be mentally challenged.
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