I have just returned from a special advance showing of "All Or Nothing" atmy local UGC and I must say, this film exceeded my expectationsenormously.<br><br>The film is about the lives of one family in a council estate and how eachmember interacts with the community. The Father, Phil Bassett (TimothySpall) works as a Taxi driver while his wife Penny (Lesley Manville) is acheckout operator at a local supermarket. They are unmarried but have twochildren Rachel and Rory, the former being an angst-ridden, overweightlayabout who is key to the film.<br><br>Acting is superb. It is that simple. All but one performance is utterlyconvincing, especially Timothy Spall with his constant bemused grimacewhichsets the mood of both his character and the film. The one exception isDonnaplayed by Helen Coker. Her role is played up too much and seems ratherforced. Now if by any chance you're reading Helen, please don't bedisheartened; I merely saw you as the "least best" of an excellent bunchandI have to criticise something!<br><br>The script is authentic, witty and full of emotion while not beingrepetitive (barring the word "alright"!).<br><br>"All Or Nothing" is one of the greatest portrayals of what it is REALLYliketo be part of a down-on-your-luck working class family. I even believe thefilm ended too soon; there were a few ideas that could have been developedfurther. I mention this not as a criticism but as a tribute to Mike Leighwho actually made we wish this 2hr 28 minute film would goon!<br><br>Fantastic! Eight out of ten!!!
All or Nothing
All or Nothing
Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket. Their daughter Rachel cleans in a home for elderly people, and their son Rory is unemployed and aggressive. The joy has gone out of Phil's and Penny's life, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, they are brought together to rediscover their love. All or Nothing is set on a London working-class housing estate over a long weekend, and also tells the stories of a range of Phil and Penny's neighbors, some of whom become involved in the family's lives, and all of whom experience an emotional journey.
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