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All or Nothing
Directed by Mike Leigh • 2002 • United Kingdom
Starring Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, James Corden
Mike Leigh’s inimitable feeling for working-class lives lends tragicomic richness to this unsparing human drama set over the course of a long weekend in a London housing estate. Penny (Lesley Manville) feels that her love for her partner, taxi driver Phil (Timothy Spall), has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works the checkout at a supermarket. Their daughter Rachel (Alison Garland) cleans in a home for elderly people, and their son (James Corden) is unemployed and aggressive. The joy has gone out of Phil and Penny’s life, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, they are suddenly jolted into an emotional awakening.