Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Phyllis Logan and Timothy Spall
A perfect pick to watch with your family. Director Leigh's films mirror everyday life — there are fibs, fights and family secrets but plenty of good intentions. The outcome is an ensemble of brilliantly shaded characters who are heartbreakingly genuine. At the center of this sprawling, anguished and ultimately cathartic saga is a dithery working-class mum (Blethyn) whose life is turned upside down when a young black optometrist (Jean-Baptiste) claims she's her daughter.