Thursday Cinema
Life Is Sweet

Salt Beyoğlu

March 28, 2019 19.00

Lifeissweet 1990 <i>Life Is Sweet</i> [Hayat Tatlıdır] (1990) filminden bir kare ©Park Circus
Still from Life Is Sweet (1990) ©Park Circus
Walk-in Cinema

Life Is Sweet (1990)
Director: Mike Leigh
103 minutes
English; Turkish subtitles

A tragicomic story of everyday survival in Thatcher’s Britain, Life Is Sweet (1990) follows the misfortunes of a working-class family in suburban North London over a few weeks one summer. A professional chef and part-time DIY enthusiast, Andy buys a decrepit fast-food van in order to start his own business. His wife Wendy starts helping out as a waitress at a restaurant owned by a friend. Although twins, their 22-year-old daughters are completely different from each other: Suffering from anorexia, Nicola is obsessed with men and Marxism, while Natalie, an apprentice plumber, refuses the stereotyped female image and dreams of escaping to America.

In this both funny and melancholic film meditating on claustrophobia of day to day life, modest dreams, food, friendship, and love, director Mike Leigh refuses to romanticize the traditional family, and delicately mixes up its real flavors.

Thursday Cinema is supported by Garanti Mortgage. Program is free. Reservations are not accepted.

In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019,
films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.