Directed by Mike Leigh, this is one of the best films, now in DVD, ever made about the spiritual practice of enthusiasm. The popular preacher Norman Vincent Peale once wrote: “There is real magic in enthusiasm. ... It gives warmth and good feeling to all your personal relationships. Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others.”
Poppy (Sally Hawkins) creates a world of fun for students in her geography class.
Because she is such a free spirit, she does have trouble with one sister and a negative driving instructor. At one point, her flatmate says to her: “You can’t make everybody happy.” To which Poppy responds, “No harm in trying” (Miramax, 2009, R — for language).
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