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A 2010 film directed by Mike Leigh. It looks at a year in the life of Tom and Gerri, a Happily Married elderly couple working and living in London; they garden, they work, they feed their friends and they're in love. Throughout the film we're introduced to the people around them. Single-and-looking Mary, who works at Gerri's office; their activist lawyer son Joe, who has yet to settle down, their old friend Ken, Tom's brother and widower Ronnie.

It's a very slow-paced, conflict-free Slice of Life film, that makes use of incredible acting, natural dialogue, wonderful writing and subtly dark humour to carry the itself.


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  • And Starring: Imelda Staunton get this, although she only appears for about five minutes in the beginning.
  • Black Sheep: Ronnie's estranged son.
  • Cool Old Guy: Tom, the guy part of the main couple.
  • Cool Old Lady: Gerri.
  • Expospeak Gag: Tom, Gerri, Joe and Katie talking about Tom's work.
  • Foil: Mary's single, and her desperate attempts at joy is a harsh contrast to Tom and Gerri's easy happy life.
  • Genki Girl: Katie, to the nth degree.
  • Happily Married: Tom and Gerri, very much so.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Mary
  • Mrs. Robinson: Mary tries to start a relationship with Joe, but he's made uncomfortable by her flirting.
  • Old Maid: Mary, single and looking for a guy, is concerned with her age and fears becoming an Old Maid might be in her future.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Imelda Staunton only appears in the opening scene as a deeply unhappy woman seeking Gerri's help (Gerri is a counselor) for her insomnia.
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  • Punny Name: Tom and Gerri. They gladly acknowledge this.
  • The Quiet One: Ronnie
  • Slice of Life


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