Happy Go Lucky
2008 / UK / 118 min. / Colour
Director: Mike Leigh Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Alexis Zegerman, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Samuel Roukin
Poppy is the unputdownable optimist set against a sea of raging malcontents – will she prevail? Of course she will. As one critic put it: “…as funny, serious, life-affirming and beautifully performed as anything Leigh has done, but with a lightness of touch only previously found in his Gilbert and Sullivan movie, Topsy-Turvy.” The ever-excellent Eddie (Still Life) Marsan – Poppy’s misanthropic driving instructor – is the perfect foil, creating Leigh’s trademark blend of tension, balance and apparent resolution. It is one of Leigh’s warmest, most humorous and entertaining films while retaining the emotional depth and honesty that’s at the heat of every one of his films. A perfect introduction to his work.