Brit director Mike Leigh's naturalistic slice-of-life style has its merits, but if it's your life he's slicing, watch out.
Take Leigh's latest, "Another Year." If you're a 40-something woman, never married and not happy about it, reminded every day that you're a bruised McIntosh in a bin full of shiny Honeycrisps, I wouldn't come within a hundred miles of this movie.
Remember that mythical stat about a 40-year-old woman having a better chance of getting killed by a terrorist than getting married? "Another Year" is its cinematic expression.
Actress Lesley Manville gets the short straw as Mary, whose chronic loneliness and problem drinking have made her a burden to her friends, Gerri and Tom (Ruth Sheen, Jim Broadbent), a cozily happy married couple who spend their days tending to their garden, friends and family.