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A New Horror Genre: Don’t Fret, Friends, Things Will Get Worse

Movies: ‘Another Year’
patricks@lakevillejournal.com
The image that sums it all up: Poor, depressed Ken (Peter Wight) smokes himself senseless while poor, depressed Mary (Lesley Manville) drinks herself stupid during a dinner party with their well adjusted friends, Tom and Gerri, who, it seems, have a knack for making everything and everybody worse. “Another Year” is rated PG-13 for some language. It is playing at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY, and elsewhere.

I have two theories about Mike Leigh’s “Another Year.”

The first is that it is the single most depressing film ever made.

How depressing is it?

It’s so depressing it makes “Sid and Nancy” look like “Mary Poppins.”

Tom (Jim Broadbent) and Gerri (Ruth Sheen) are an infuriatingly well-adjusted couple in their early 60s, or thereabouts. He’s a geologist; she’s a counselor. They live in London and get a lot of satisfaction out of their allotment (a community vegetable garden).

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