Dir. Mike Leigh (2008).
Even more than most of Leigh’s collectively developed films, Happy-Go-Lucky is about an actor’s performance. Sally Hawkins shoulders the burden of every scene as the most relentlessly upbeat 30-year-old kindergarten teacher to ever bicycle London’s chartered streets. Heroic optimism is a surprising ploy in the post-Soviet cosmos and the blithe spirit who animates Happy-Go-Lucky is either irritating or endearing—whichever you find her, you have to wonder why.
Wed., Sept. 30, 8 p.m., 2009