Joe Kavanagh’s secret thoughts on Sarah Downey: ‘Here I am just getting my act together, off the juice, the first peace of mind in years…bloody hell! What happens… ambushed by a woman! I just can’t seem to get her out of my mind’. Sarah Downey’s secret thoughts on Joe Kavanagh: ‘At long last I get a quiet place for myself…and what happens…ambushed! He’s a wild bastard…what excites me when I’m with him terrifies me when I’m on my own.’
A love story, where choices are never simple. My Name Is Joe is Ken Loach’s second collaboration with Scottish screen writer Paul Laverty (Carla’s Song). The film brings together an unlikely pair – Joe is on the wagon and running one of the worst football teams in Glasgow; Sarah is a health visitor who lives for her work. They cross swords over a young couple – not the ideal beginning for a mid-life romance.
Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it’s virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, he branched out into the theater, performing with a touring repertory company. This led to television, where in alliance with producer ‘Tony Garnett’ he produced a series of docudramas, most notably the devastating “Cathy Come Home” episode of “The Wednesday Play” (1964), whose impact was so massive that it led directly to a change in the homeless laws. He made his feature debut Poor Cow (1967) the following year, and with “Kes”, he produced what is now acclaimed as one of the finest films ever made in Britain. However, the following two decades saw his career in the doldrums with his films poorly distributed (despite the obvious quality of work such as The Gamekeeper (1968) (TV) and Looks and Smiles (1981… read more
Another powerful,authentic,moving film from Ken Loach.Peter Mullan was a deserving Best actor winner at Cannes in his portrayal of a good man,who has made mistakes,but will go out on a limb for others. Some funny moments plus a touching love story.
I really loved this film. What I like the most is that the strenght of it relies on using the cinematographic devices at the point of not overshadowing the story. We actually feel the way the characters trust each other in the darkness of their kitchens. We believe in solidarity as a way to improve our society. Some funny moments here and there, but what is most enjoyable is the credibility their characters have, specially Peter Mullan. I wanted to find out more reviews on this film, but it has been actually dismissed by most people. It deserves to be viewed and commented.