I thought it was a very gentle film, viewing relationships between the central couple and their friends through the seasons - lots of horticulture and horticultural metaphors! There was maybe not so much a sense of charicature as in some of Leigh's films affectionate without guying too much (cf Happy Go Lucky). Here's Peter Bradshaw's review from the Guardian. (The review says that the funeral takes place in a Lancashire town - I thought it was meant to be Hull, was I confused or not concentrating?) Lots of wine drinking - recommended!