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The Short & Curlies (1988)

A short comedy by Mike Leigh about the romance between a young woman and a man who communicates only through jokes and humor. The story is told as a series of very short vignettes between ... See full summary »

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Mike Leigh

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Mike Leigh
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alison Steadman ... Betty
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Joy
David Thewlis ... Clive
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Charlene
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A short comedy by Mike Leigh about the romance between a young woman and a man who communicates only through jokes and humor. The story is told as a series of very short vignettes between her and the man and her and her doting mother, a hairdresser. Written by Sean V. Taylor <st52@cornell.edu>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Short & Curlies See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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This short film is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for Naked (1993). See more »

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Edited into Cinema16: British Short Films (2003) See more »

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It's far less about the story here and more about the characterizations.
27 May 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Short & Curlies" is a short made for British television. It has a plot that is rather slight but the projects works because the characters are very interesting and realistic, as writer/director Mike Leigh shows a definite knack for these quirky sorts of people you see in the film.

The story involves a working class English couple--the tall, nerdy guy who only seems to communicate by telling jokes and his girlfriend who seems to put up with him. In addition, there's the hairdresser that talks and talks without saying anything as well as her sad daughter.

As I said already, the strength of this film isn't the plot so much as the characters. They are strange but still believable and the film does a nice job of taking the viewers into these folks' world. Nothing brilliant but still very nice.


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