Mike Leigh's new film, Happy-Go-Lucky, provides a much-needed reminder that the art of the screenplay is very far from dead. This relentlessly entertaining, quietly thoughtful and wholly believable dramedy not only contains a magnificently liberating performance by Sally Hawkins as the sort of carefree gal more interested in enjoying her life than getting swept up by it -- but the movie itself offers a swift rebuke to all the trite notions of the "second sex" still plaguing Western culture after all these...I dunno...centuries?
Happy-Go-Lucky opens in New York this October. It's possible that Leigh's screenplay and Dawkin's performance could win a lot of awards when the season hits, but who cares? It's a lovely accomplishment.