IMA Screens “Happy Go Lucky”

The Indianapolis Museum of Art will screen Happy Go Lucky on Thursday, January 28, 2010 as part of their Winter Nights Film Series in Indianapolis. The film starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $9.00 for Indianapolis people, $5.00 for members of this Indianapolis art museum and $7.00 to Indianapolis kids with a valid student ID. Find a reason to smile at this latest film offering from the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Directed by Mike Leigh, Happy Go Lucky was released in the United Kingdom in 2008. It follows the story of Pauline “Poppy” Cross, a thirty year old school teacher whose outlook on life is eternally positive. Through excerpts of her life and the relationships revolving around her, Poppy is revealed to be perhaps one of the most happy people in the world, if not the happiest.

Poppy lives in a London flat with her best friend and fellow teacher, Zoe. After her bicycle is stolen, she decides to take up driving for the first time in her life. Her driving instructor, Scott, contrasts sharply to Poppy’s positivity, struggling with his own anger problems, racism and misogyny. Angered by Poppy’s personality, he perceives her as careless and irresponsible (especially behind the wheel).

Though Poppy is devoted to her students, she does not live only for her job. She has many hobbies including flamenco lessons, trampoline class and outings to the pub with friends. With no fear of strangers, Poppy can easily chat up anyone. As her life at work and at home unfolds, Poppy does seem to possess a unique quality that makes her endlessly cheerful, dealing with difficult or awkward situations always with a light heart. Though she is revealed as a not so simple character with many layers and emotional complexities.

Video: Trailer for Happy Go Lucky at the IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana


Roger Ebert hailed Sally Hawkins’ performance in the role, saying, “Poppy is one of the most difficult roles any actress could be assigned. She must smile and be peppy and optimistic at (almost) all times, and do it naturally and convincingly, as if the sunshine comes from inside.” Hawkins won Best Actress at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival for her work in the role.

The film, which will be shown in DVD, runs 118 minutes long. For additional information about this Indianapolis event, visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s official website. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the premiere institution in the Circle City for providing the Indianapolis community with varied Indianapolis art experiences.

Grab a bite to eat before the film at any of the Indianapolis restaurants in the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. After the film compare and contrast the heroine of Happy Go Lucky with the “Poppy” in your life over drinks at any of these great Indianapolis bars in Indianapolis downtown. Remember that Devour Downtown is going on now throughout Indianapolis, offering Hoosier great deals on gourmet grub.

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Happy Go Lucky
Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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