CINEMA: CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

MIKE LEIGH'S FOLLOW-UP TO SECRETS & LIES IS A LESS MEMORABLE BUT STILL POTENT LOOK AT BRITAIN

Annie (Lynda Steadman) is recessive--a shy, nervous little thing with a tendency, in her younger days, to break out in psychosomatic rashes. Hannah (Katrin Cartlidge) is excessive--a noisy, knowing, angry woman with a tendency, untempered by the passing years, to break out in devastating tirades at anyone who disappoints her.

Roommates in college, they are getting together for a weekend in London after a six-year hiatus in their relationship. Since this takes place under the auspices of writer-director Mike Leigh, you know going in that you are volunteering for a movie in which cramped spaces will be crammed with intensely realistic...

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