The film Another Year rolls out like a theatrical play or good book that’s a swift page-turner. From the opening character introductions throughout writer/director Mike Leigh’s ‘seasons’, we are treated to blossoming relationships, seeds of life, uncertainty, and a dieing effort. Amazing acting, direction and fascinating storyline make Another Year a great choice for the mature adult.
The character Mary, portrayed with an astonishing performance by Lesley Manville, is the main reason for seeing Another Year. Her role, a bothersome chatty woman torn by her past and grasping at straws to avoid a future of loneliness provides the crux of the film and she nails it. During the course of the year we see her change with each humiliating attempt to grasp friendship and love using booze as strength to fulfill her fantasies.
The film is rated PG-13 for some language. It contains some adult humor and a lot of alcohol use.