|Another Year follows older British couple Tom and Mary (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) over the course of an average year. Tom and Mary are so happy together still you almost can’t believe it, but the rest of the people in their life–family and friends–are much less so. If you are not accustomed to seeing British films, you may have trouble getting through this one. Unlike most American films, British movies tend to move very slowly and not always have an overarching plot. Another Year fits this description; it doesn’t follow any particular theme or necessarily have a plot, it is merely a look into the lives of this couple. The film is slow-paced, and its humor is rarely laugh-out-loud funny, but it is nevertheless enjoyable if one is in the right mood for it.|
As it enjoyed only a limited release in the U.S., and is up against several films with multiple nominations, I’d say the chances of Another Year’s screenplay finally earning Mike Leigh an Oscar—this is his seventh nomination, but he is 0 for 6 so far— are fairly slim.