Day-to-day life in Northern Ireland may not seem like the basis for cinema comedy, but director Mike Leigh deftly examines the common and dissimilar troubles of two families (one Catholic, one Protestant) living in Belfast. As members of each of the clans anxiously await the birth of a new child, they begin to understand each other's different views on life and politics. Brid Brennan, Des McAleer, Paula Hamilton, Charles Lawson, and Stephen Rea star. 99 min. Soundtrack: English.