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    Poster of the movie Meantime


    1h 42min
    1983     Comedy-drama     United Kingdom

    Unemployment is rampant in London's working-class East End, where a middle-aged couple and their two sons languish in a claustrophobic public housing flat. As the brothers (Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) grow increasingly disaffected, Leigh punctuates the grinding boredom of their daily existence with tense encounters, including with a priggish aunt (Marion Bailey) who has managed to become middle-class and a blithering skinhead on the verge of psychosis (a scene-stealing Gary Oldman, in his first major role). Informed by Leigh's now trademark improvisational process and propelled by the lurching rhythms of its Beckett-like dialogue, Meantime is an unrelenting, often blisteringly funny look at life on the dole.

    Directed byMike Leigh
    Written byMike Leigh
    CompanyWellspring MediaWellspring MediaWellspring Media


    Marion Bailey
    Phil Daniels
    Tim Roth
    Alfred Molina
    Gary Oldman
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