- 2012, Michael Winterbottom, UK, 106 min.
- With Shirley Henderson, John Simm
Wise and involving.”--Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
“A valuable, meticulously observed and wonderfully acted social-realist feature about a family under pressure…it's another great success for the endlessly creative and productive Winterbottom.”--Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Eclectic and prolific, Michael Winterbottom is renowned for his speed, but the always unpredictable filmmaker took a different tack in this bold realist experiment. Like a fictional variation on Michael Apted’s UP series, it was filmed piecemeal over a period of five years, imbedding a real-time aging process into the fabric of the film as it relates the story of a rural family whose father is serving a prison sentence. The visible growth of the family’s four children (played by four real siblings) forms a vivid contrast to the more static appearance of their parents, implying the parallel “imprisonment” of the mother (Henderson) as she juggles two jobs, a family, arduous prison visits, and a male admirer. In English. Special advance screening courtesy of IFC Films. DCP digital. (MR)