Happy-Go-Lucky

Because it promises shifts of paradigm, feelgood optimism, and rainbows.

Directed by: Mike Leigh

Starring: Alexis Zegerman, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Andrea Riseborough, Sinead Matthews

Happy-Go-Lucky Rotten Tomatoes Rating

Poppy, an irrepressibly freespirited school teacher, brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism to every situation she encounters. Poppy’s ability to maintain her perspective is tested when her commuter bike is stolen. However, she signs up for driving lessons with Scott, who turns out to be her nemesis–a fuming, uptight cynic. As the tension of their weekly lessons builds, Poppy encounters even more challenges to her positive state of mind: a fiery flamenco instructor, her bitter pregnant sister, a troubled homeless man and a young bully in her class, not to mention that she has also thrown out her back. How this affects not only Poppy’€™s world view but also the outlook of those around her begs the question “glass half full or half empty”€?

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NY Times’ Mahnola Dargis calls Sally Hawkins’ Golden Globe-nominated performance as Poppy “glorious”, “recognizably human”, and “every inch a calculated work of art”.

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