Miramax Films | Release Date: October 10, 2008
Summary: Just how hard is it to be happy? Poppy is an irrepressibly free-spirited school teacher who brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism to every situation she encounters, offering us a touching, truthful and deeply life-affirming exploration of one of the most mysterious and often the most elusive of all human qualities: happiness. Poppy's ability to maintain her perspective is tested as the story begins and her commuter bike is stolen. However, she enthusiastically signs up for driving lessons with Scott, who turns out to be her nemesis – a fuming, uptight cynic. As the tension of their weekly lessons builds, Poppy encounters even more challenges to her positive state of mind: a fiery flamenco instructor, her bitter pregnant sister, a troubled homeless man and a young bully in her class, not to mention that she has also thrown out her back. How this affects not only Poppy's world view but also the outlook of those around her begs the question "glass half full or half empty"? (Miramax)
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Runtime: 118 min
Rating: Rated R for language.
Production: Ingenious Film Partners
Genres: Drama, Comedy
Country: UK
Language: English
Home Release Date: Mar 10, 2009
Director Credit
Mike Leigh Director
Writer Credit
Mike Leigh Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Alexis Zegerman Zoe
Sally Hawkins Poppy
Cast Credit
Andrea Riseborough Dawn
Anna Reynolds Receptionist
Eddie Marsan Scott
Elliot Cowan Bookshop Assistant
Joseph Kloska Suzy's Boyfriend
Karina Fernandez Flamenco Teacher
Kate O'Flynn Suzy
Nonso Anozie Ezra
Philip Arditti Flamenco Student
Sarah Niles Tash
Sinead Matthews Alice
Sylvestra Le Touzel Heather
Trevor Cooper Patient
Producer Credit
David Garrett Executive Producer
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Gail Egan Executive Producer
Georgina Lowe Co-Producer
James Clayton Executive Producer
Simon Channing Williams Producer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer