In romantic literature, one periodically runs across a particular character who finds complete emotional and spiritual harmony with the universe. Author Josephine Hart puts it best at the beginning of her novel Damage
: “Those who are lucky enough to find it ease like water over a stone, onto its fluid contours, and are home
.” But what of the others -- those who never even come close to finding this sort of connectedness? Those who are so out of alignment with their surroundings that every simple action they take causes a domino-like series of catastrophes?
Mike Leigh’s sad-eyed drama Another Year is about a character like that. Lesley M...