"Mr. Turner" is beautiful -- no doubt about it. Against that beauty, director Mike Leigh fashions a biography of the late years of the great 19th-century English painter, maybe the greatest. By contrast, the biography has its tawdriness: James Mallard Turner was bawdy and ill-mannered, blustery and aggressive.
For his latest cinematic project entitled Another Year, British writer/director Mike Leigh, as usual, employed his unique working style for developing his projects. Leigh brings together his cast, has an idea he wants explored, and over several months this collaborative community arrives at the script that will become the film.