About the Film
In the effervescent new comedy from writer/director Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy, Secrets & Lies), Sally Hawkins stars as Poppy, 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 positive perspective is tested regularly by the characters around her. She, nevertheless, manages to set a marvelous example of how to find the bright side of life for us all.
It’s more than a movie, it’s a gift.- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone