Happy-Go-Lucky

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118 min. minutes | Rated R

To say that Happy-Go-Lucky is about an infectiously optimistic schoolteacher named Poppy (Sally Hawkins) who takes some driving lessons from a high-strung racist, drinks a lot with her roommate, takes flamenco lessons from a fiery Latina, and finds a perfect boyfriend while negotiating the travails of contemporary London—well, it's not inaccurate. Though Poppy's most obvious trait is that she is tirelessly, almost politically happy in the face of major and minor adversity, that happiness is a kind of armor, a vehicle for self- preservation—and the preservation of others—in an increasingly joyless world. Poppy’s positivity might seem a naïve approach to life in a world as blighted as this one. But having seen her in action, you can be forgiven for thinking that a person who chooses to enjoy her life, caring deeply about others, investing her considerable energy in being a loving teacher and a loyal friend, and adding color to a dying world, might understand something the miserable, angry rest of us don't.

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Film Credits
Director
Mike Leigh
Cast
Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough, Sinead Matthews, Kate O'Flynn, Sarah Niles, Eddie Marsan, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Elliot Cowan, Nonso Anozie