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Instrueret af Mike Leigh
Storbritannien, 1984
Drama, TV-Film


An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly retarded man living with his parents and brother in a housing project. Trouble ensues when their wealthy aunt gives Colin a job and his brother becomes jealous.

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