#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly intellectually disabled man living with his parents and brother in a housing project. He and his sarcastic manipulative brother still behave like teenagers, living with their parents, harassing each other. The problem is that they are in their late teens or twenties. Neighborhood characters include Hayley, a young woman with a crush on Colin, and Coxy (Gary Oldman) a violent local skinhead who befriends Colin. Trouble ensues when their wealthy aunt gives Colin a job and his brother becomes jealous.
Plot: A working-class family in London’s East End is struggling to stay afloat during the recession under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. Only the mother Mavis is working; father Frank and the couple’s two sons Colin, a timid, chronically shy individual and Mark, an outspoken, headstrong young man, are on the dole. This situation is contrasted by the presence of Mavis’s sister Barbara, and her husband John, whose financial and social loftiness appears to be a comfortable facade over the unspoken soreness of a lackluster marriage.
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Leigh Masterpiece of Post Punk Britain
Anyone who grew up in the early eighties in the suburbs listening to The Specials can relate to this. Leigh, as he has done with every decade provides an accurate social comment of the time, the sheer boredom of a disaffected youth, the pointlessness of life without a job and the struggle to fill the days, with something to do. Personally I think it ranks up there with Leigh finest work, helped by an outstanding performance by Tim Roth and wonderful cameos by Gary Oldman, Phil Daniels and Marion Bailey. If you’re English born in the seventies and like Mike Leigh it’s a must, if your not there still plenty to marvel at. Enjoy.
Another terrific film from Leigh
I’m a big fan of Mike Leigh’s gritty films, and ‘Meantime’ fits well into his admirable canon. He examines the lives of ‘ordinary people’ unlike any other filmmaker I know. Here, his microscope (forget the lens) is on a NON-working class (perhaps proletarian without the peasant’s earth) family in ‘estate’ housing in the wretched suburbs of London.
Once again, as in all his films, Leigh, using his well-known improvisational rehearsal-and-execution technique, receives razor-sharp performances from his cast. At the centre of this work are two simply superb performances: Phil Daniels as Mark and Tim Roth as his mentally ‘slow’ younger brother Colin. Anyone who has had a sibling will recognize the evolution of the relationship between these two. It’s universal in its reach.
Splendid acting abounds and carries ‘Meantime’. As the parents, Jeff Robert and Pam Ferris are all-but-tactile with their sizzling frustration and rage. Gary Oldman as a deeply disaffected youngster is wonderful. A very brief scene where he rolls in a barrel, mindlessly banging it with both hands, is both riveting and disturbing.
The quibbles I have with this film are perhaps minor to some, but of concern to me. One is Andrew Dickson’s music. Is that a zither playing in an Egyptian carnival dance band? It is initially just jarring, but then it becomes downright annoying and intrusive.
I quite frankly could have used subtitles in ‘Meantime’. Whole sentences just went past me. It’s necessary for the stark social realism of Leigh’s settings, but for non-Londoners, this can, at times, be rough going. I listened to fragments of this dialogue and it became an exercise in linguistic irony: these characters live in the country where the English language was BORN.
Doesn’t matter; it’s still a great and very moving film.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min) (USA)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Mike Leigh
Writer Mike Leigh (deviser)
Actors Marion Bailey, Phil Daniels, Tim Roth, Pam Ferris
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK (processing)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 16 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A