Happy-Go-Lucky

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Just how hard is it to be happy? In the effervescent new comedy from writer/director Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies), Sally Hawkins stars as Poppy, an irrepressibly free-spirited school teacher who brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable... read more
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Just how hard is it to be happy? In the effervescent new comedy from writer/director Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies), Sally Hawkins stars as Poppy, an irrepressibly free-spirited school teacher who brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism to every situation she encounters, offering us a touching, truthful and deeply life-affirming exploration of one of the most mysterious and often the most elusive of all human qualities: happiness. Poppy's ability to maintain her perspective is tested as the story begins and her commuter bike is stolen. However, she enthusiastically signs up for driving lessons with Scott (Eddie Marsan), who turns out to be her nemesis a fuming, uptight cynic. As the tension of their weekly lessons builds, Poppy encounters even more challenges to her positive state of mind: a fiery flamenco instructor, her bitter pregnant sister, a troubled homeless man and a young bully in her class, not to mention that she has also thrown out her back. How this affects not only Poppy's world view but also the outlook of those around her begs the question glass half full or half empty?

Original Release

04/18/2008

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Cast

Directors

Mike Leigh

Writers

Mike Leigh

Cast

Producers

Gail Egan Executive Producer
James Clayton Executive Producer
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
David Garrett Executive Producer
Simon Channing Williams Producer
Georgina Lowe Producer

Editors

Jim Clark

2009 Oscar Best Writing, Original Screenplay Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Won
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