I thought about posting my top five favorite emotional movie scenes in one post, but I will post one at a time instead. This is probably my all-time favorite. It’s from Mike Leigh’s Life is Sweet starring Alison Steadman, Jane Horrocks, Jim Broadbent, and Timothy Spall. Unfortunately, this video begins in medias res, so if you want more scene context, watch the end of part 8, which is probably somewhere in the related links on YouTube. However, you’ll quickly get the gist of what’s going on in this scene. It runs up to the 3:32 mark.
This is some of the finest acting I’ve seen, and it’s heart-wrenching. Mum Wendy (Steadman) finally confronts her bitter and cynical daughter Nicola (Horrocks):