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Career Girls (1997)

All Hannah wanted was a roommate... instead she got a best friend.

Original Title : Career Girls
Director : Mike Leigh
Writer : Mike Leigh
Genre : Drama
Country : UK
France
Language : English
Producer : Simon Channing-Williams
Music : Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Tony Remy
Photography : Dick Pope
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language and some sexuality.
IMDB ID : 0118818
Official site : http://www.octoberfilms.com/career/index.html
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Career Girls (1997) - Mike Leigh
 

Starring

Katrin Cartlidge Hannah Mills
Lynda Steadman Annie
Kate Byers Claire
Mark Benton Ricky Burton
Andy Serkis Mr. Evans
Joe Tucker I
Margo Stanley Mrs. Burton, Ricky's Nan
Michael Healy II
 

Plot

Career girls opens with a train journey towards London's Kings Cross where Annie, one of the major characters is about to meet her old university friend Hannah. She recalls moving into a grotty student flat with Hannah in the mid-eighties. In those days Annie was self conscious and jumpy. The pair have not seen one another since graduation. They both now have moderately successful careers and are, at least on the surface, self assured in their new lives. However, they are still carrying a lot of emotional baggage from their university days. During the course of a weekend they rediscover their close friendship and encounter many faces from the past. Annie and Hannah are former flat mates. Annie arrives in London to visit Hannah after six years of separate living. They remember the times they had together, relationships they had, start new ones...
 

Comments

I've seen a lot of Mike Leigh's films and while I know that Career Girls isn't considered by most critics his best film, I think it's his most touching (at least from the ones I have seen). Annie and Hannah were roomates in college for 4 years, after they graduated Annie returned to her hometown and now 6 years later she's visiting her old friend in London for the first time in those 6 years. Re-uniting with old friends is something that has happened to all of us and always brings back the most bittersweet memories. This is a beautiful film and I recommend it to everyone.
 
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