Meantime

1983 Comedy Not Rated 104 Minutes

Meantime

Blu-Ray

Meantime
  • Criterion Collection Blu-Ray
  • UPC 715515201919
  • Retail $39.95

DVD

Meantime
  • Criterion Collection DVD
  • UPC 715515202015
  • Retail $29.95
In Theaters Made for TV
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On DVD January 26, 1999 Now Available ?
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A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher’s England, Mike Leigh’s Meantime was the culmination of the writer-director’s pioneering work in television and became his breakthrough theatrical release. 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.

Not Rated.
 

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