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Directed by Mike Leigh • 2008 • United Kingdom
Starring Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Alexis Zegerman
Sally Hawkins made a splash with her breakthrough performance in this surprisingly feel-good foray into (relatively) sunny comedy from Mike Leigh. She stars as Poppy, a schoolteacher whose unstoppable optimism guides her life. But as she contends with the more mercurial moods of those around her—including a cranky driving teacher and a fiery flamenco instructor—she finds her carefree outlook put to the test. Punctuating its lighthearted air with moments of cutting humanity, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY offers a winning, irresistibly uplifting consideration of what it means to embrace joy.