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My Name Is Joe

Directed by Ken Loach
United Kingdom, Germany, 1998
Drama, Romance
  • English
  • English
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Unemployed and with years of alcoholism behind, Joe coaches Scotland’s least successful football team. During an odd job, he meets Sarah, a health worker. The two fall in love. She is captivated by Joe’s rough edges as much as he is by her. But that’s where the trouble starts.

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One of Ken Loach’s lesser-known films, yet no less compassionate and sincere. A story of love and solidarity gone awry, My Name is Joe portrays with care its larger-than-life titular character, interpreted with visceral fervor by Peter Mullan, who won the Best Actor award in Cannes for the role.

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