“Eternal Beauty” reviewed by Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode reviews Eternal Beauty. A woman (played by Sally Hawkins) whose life and mental health were thrown into chaos for 20 years after being left at the alter finds a new opportunity for some happiness when she meets fellow lost soul, Mike.

NEW: Sally Hawkins & David Thewlis in “Eternal Beauty”

THE HOBBLEDEHOY cannot wait for this one!

When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences.

What looks, feels, and almost acts like Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky, if Lucky were to somehow descend into a deep, dark, and thorough depression, is a delight. It’s not quirky for the sake of being quirky. This trailer reveals an equally tender side to a woman dealing with something while also being amusing. It’s very subtle, but it’s that subtlety that elevates the narrative. There’s an uncommon love story, which no doubt will collide into what brought Hawkins here in the first place, but it’s one that I’m excited to see play itself out. Directed by Craig Roberts

Getting Naked Again: Revisiting Mike Leigh’s Naked

Tom Jolliffe takes a look back at Mike Leigh’s 1993 film, Naked

The other day I attended a special screening at The Prince Charles Cinema in London.
It was part of a specially curated selection of films (from NFTS) devoted to the vile and unlikeable. The first film of the series was Mike Leigh’s 1993 masterpiece, Naked. Leigh was there himself to introduce the film. It was a passing gesture more than anything, as I always feel of the self-effacing Leigh, that blowing one’s own trumpet isn’t his bag.

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