British filmmaker Mike Leigh again looks compassionately at hard-pressed though often amusing lives. It centers on a kind geologist (Jim Broadbent) and his motherly wife (Ruth Sheen). There is much talk, wine, tea, food, and gardening, and too much of a needy alcoholic friend (Lesley Manville), a drippy runoff from emotional-faucet Brenda Blethyn of Leigh’s Secrets and Lies. Underdeveloped tangents include a rude old punk, like shrapnel from a Joe Orton play. (2011) — David Elliott
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