NW tells the story of Natalie and Leah, friends who grew up together in north west London, whose lives have taken them in different directions. Natalie's wealth and ambition have set her apart from the friends and family she grew up with and she finds herself asking not only who she really is, but where she belongs. In an area where wealth and poverty are only streets apart, life is fragile - as Natalie and Leah are about to find out.
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A great piece of absorbing drama demonstrating that things are not always as they seem below the surface. The film encompassed love - dissatisfaction - friendship - sex - hopelessness - tragedy and violence.
I only watched it by pure accident as I had been viewing a recorded program on my TIVO box. When that program ended it defaulted back to BBC2. At that point it was 20 minutes into NW and I almost switched channels. However after only a few moments I realised that I was watching something special so I wound back TIVO to the start.
The acting was superb with each character drawing you into his or her World. When we walk down the street we may see happy couples -unhappy couples - poor people - the destitute - people flaunting their wealth
But in reality we know nothing about what is really going on in their daily lives. Of course others could look at you and me and think the same thing.
After watching it I was left with a searching question - what really does make people feel happy?