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High Hopes 15

Screened in partnership with In the Works
Mike Leigh, United Kingdom, 1988, 112m.

True to its title, this satire is one of Mike Leigh’s warmest and most optimistic films—though it’s still laced with more than a touch of bittersweet melancholy. Focusing on counterculture couple Cyril (Phil Davis) and Shirley (Ruth Sheen)—a pair of generous, pot-smoking Marxists wrestling with the decision of whether or not to have a baby—and their materialistic, middle-class extended family, High Hopes offers an at once affectionate and slyly critical portrait of generational, social, and class divides within Thatcher-era Britain.

Cast:
Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré, Philip Jackson

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