|Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen play middle-class couple Tom and Gerri whose London home is a calling place for their beloved but unhappy friends. Married for 30 years and devoted to one another, they're the one constant in their colleagues' lives.
|The most maladjusted is Mary (Lesley Manville), an Eleanor Rigby-like character who's by turns neurotic, boozy and self-pitying. Middle-aged, childless and still embittered from a relationship that went wrong, her hopes of achieving freedom by buying a secondhand car go awry when it keeps breaking down. She's also set her sights on Tom and Gerri's son Joe (Oliver Maltman) who playfully flirts with her but isn't interested.
||所有朋友当中，对生活适应不良最严重的当属玛丽（莱丝利•曼维尔 饰）。她就是活生生的埃莉诺•里格比（披头士乐队经典歌曲《埃莉诺•里格比》里描述的一位孤独寂寞的女子），时而神经质，嗜酒如命，时而又顾影自怜。已是中年的她膝下无子，还因为感情出了问题而痛苦不堪；她本希望买辆二手车可以让自己获得解脱，结果车子老是抛锚，她的盘算也因此落空。她还把情感的目标锁定在汤姆和盖里的儿子乔（奥利弗•莫尔特曼 饰）身上；而乔与她调情完全是闹着玩，并非真的对她有意思。
|Meanwhile, gunning for Mary is the obese Ken (Pete Wright) who's turned to food and the bottle to cope with his wife's death. There's also Jack (Phil Davis) who is struggling to cope with the illness of his wife, and Tom's brother who comes to stay following a bereavement.
||与此同时，胖乎乎的肯（彼得•赖特 饰）在热切地追求着玛丽。自从妻子去世，肯一直靠着食物和烈酒来消除心中的烦闷。杰克（菲尔•戴维斯 饰）正奋力应对妻子生病的境况，而汤姆的哥哥在经历了亲人丧亡后也搬到汤姆家住下。
|Death, alcoholism and loneliness are hardly our standard comedy ingredients, but Another Year is at times very, very funny. Manville (a Leigh regular) makes Mary tragic and pitiful, but also hilarious. A scene where she meets Joe's girlfriend might be the funniest thing you see all year.
|But the laughs seem to be a mere sugar coating for the very bitter pill that Leigh is serving up, namely that relationships in particular and life in general can treat us cruelly.
（China.org.cn Wendy 译）