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By Mark Cousins  

Mike Leigh

Another Year On general release from 5th November

Mike Leigh is often spoken of in the same breath as Ken Loach—as one of our great British realists. But Leigh is nothing of the sort. Since his Play for Today work in the 1970s, his films have been theatrical: their acting styles heightened, their genre closer to melodrama. This explains the scenes which are “too much” in Leigh—the formal or emotional histrionics, their character meltdowns. The auteur sometimes makes me feel like a voyeur.

This is why his new film,…

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