All Or Nothing: Mike Leigh’s Melancholy Tale Starring Regulars Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville

After a departure with his 1999 homage to Gilbert and Sullivan, Topsy-Turvy, Mike Leigh returns to his usual form for All or Nothing, a  melancholy look at the day-to-day lives of a dysfunctional lower-middle class British family called the Bassetts.

Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville (familiar from Leigh’s previous films) star as Phil and Penny, a common-law husband  and wife who toil their gloomy days away as a cab-driver and grocery-store  cashier, respectively.

When the couple realize the growing emptiness in their relationship, an unexpected emergency within their family brings them closer together and offers the possibility of reigniting the long-extinguished spark in their marriage.

All Or Nothing was screened in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.