‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ screening at PAC

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As part of its “Finest in World Cinema” series, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will screen director Mike Leigh’s lighthearted comedy, “Happy-Go-Lucky,” on Friday, January 16, and Saturday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 18, at 1 and 4 p.m.

Sally Hawkins stars as Poppy in this comedy that critics have called “effervescent.” The film is a character study that takes a refreshingly upbeat and realistic look at life for the 30-something urban woman.

Poppy is an irrepressibly free-spirited schoolteacher who brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism to every situation she encounters as a single woman in London. When Poppy’s commuter bike is stolen, she signs up for driving lessons with Scott (Eddie Marsan), who turns out to be her polar opposite—a fuming, uptight cynic who takes himself extremely seriously.

As the tension of their weekly lessons builds, Poppy’s story takes alternately hilarious and serious turns, careening from flamenco classes to first dates and becoming a touching, truthful and life-affirming exploration of one of the most mysterious and elusive human emotion: happiness.

“Happy-Go-Lucky” is in English, 118 minutes long, and is rated R. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students/seniors, or $3 for WHBPAC Film Society members, available by calling the PAC box office at (631) 288-1500, stopping by the Arts Center at 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach, or by visiting www.WHBPAC.org.

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