Angie, a recently fired job recruiter, decides to launch her own employment agency out of her apartment, catering to the local immigrants. Angie’s business quickly booms, but she soon must rationalize the compromises she makes to turn a buck.
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Exploiter plus pour gagner plus. Entre blairisme triomphant, sarkozysme arrogant et désormais hollandisme rampant, une société de merde est en train de se mettre insidieusement en place. Pour Ken Loach, ce n'est pas l'homme qui est mauvais, mais le milieu qui le corrompt. Sur les fondamentales notions de morale individuelle et collective, une oeuvre terrible, lucide et profondément désespérée.
A Russian doll of exploitation with the users ‘used’ as much as the used. Of course where is the outer layer? We all are by extension, given we probably consume the goods purchased at low prices produced, quite possibly, by the people depicted here. And so the doll grows. The concerns raised are compelling but some clunky exposition does rather tether it as a righteous cry rather than finessed drama.
Was it Brecht who said that the opposite of good is well-meaning? Loach's film definitely is well-meaning but it is not good. It is sketchy and flat, jumpy and stereotypical. The dialogue sounds like from a workshop and the characters are unconvincing. A missed opportunity.