Re: "Happy-Go-Lucky" (M. Leigh, 2008)
- --- In email@example.com, "Michal Oleszczyk"
> Poppy represents all Leigh cherishes, but she's defined as a anti-Scott,Yeah, this structural issue (which Denby notices as well) isn't
> and that's the problem I have with the character.
insignificant. Perhaps if Scott had cracked Poppy's complacent surface as
definitively as she cracks his, we wouldn't have to accept her as our
viewpoint on Scott's crisis.
> But in both these movies there was a sense of something *beyond*The interesting thing is that Leigh fully equips Poppy with a raging,
> wisecracks and chuckling, something that had > to be dealt with every
> day, and feared: namely, despair. Poppy has no despair in her
nasty unconscious, and then fails to detonate it. The woman's hostility
is immense: the way she refuses to get out of people's faces after
multiple requests to do so seems to me a sign of sub-surface rage.
Surely her friends and family sometimes encounter this anger? Often,
perhaps? Maybe boyfriends have noticed it? I feel as if this entire
aspect of the film is not just omitted, but whitewashed. - Dan