• Directed by Michael Winterbottom
  • Starring Shirley Henderson, Gina McKee, Molly Parker, Ian Hart, John Simm, Stuart Townsend
  • presented by LOST REELS
  • 1999 | 108mins | UK | (15)

A rare screening of Michael Winterbottom’s London-set drama focusing on the lives of three women during an event-filled Guy Fawkes weekend. The film was the UK’s official entry to Cannes in 1999 and celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has lost none of its visual and emotional power. The sensitive direction, pitch-perfect performances, gritty location photography, and brilliant score by Michael Nyman make it one of the best films about life in the capital ever made.

Nadia (Gina McKee) works in a café and is in constant search for love; Debbie (Shirley Henderson) separated from her doltish husband Dan (Ian Hart) relieves her boredom with casual sexual encounters; Molly (Molly Parker) pregnant with her first child faces uncertainty when husband Eddie (John Simm) secretly and unexpectedly resigns from his job. Realistic and unsentimental the film combines Mike Leigh-style social realism with sequences of pure visual poetry, and its street scenes in Soho and Leicester Square prompted Time Out to write, "the experience of going to the movie in a local cinema practically blurs with what you've seen on screen.”

Unavailable in any home entertainment format Lost Reels is proud to present this essential hard-to-see film at the Prince Charles Cinema from an original 35mm print.


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