A charming story about lost souls coming together. Tomo, Marek and Maria have all left their homes, but their pasts are left in the doorway of this film, remaining a mystery for the viewer. What matters is now, and the struggle to create meaning in their new lives. First they find each other, then...well what else is there? Shane Meadows knows how to get to the heart of his characters, and make you fall in love.
Meh, very un-Meadows in the sense of being quite simplistic and twee, especially at the end which does get disappointingly cringe-worthy. Lots of very stereotypical Polishness which also grindes a little, though I suppose that will depend on your experience so it's just a subjective huffy remark. Good direction though and a fair few nice shots but doesn't compare to his previous work (moan moan moan).
A type of neorealist British cinema from pre-Brexit world where an English outsider finds his best mates to be a Polish migrant worker’s son and a French waitress. A well-crafted story according to the principle of “if the protagonist has only one thing of value, you better be sure to snatch it from him right in the beginning”. Underdogs of Europe, unite!
I would give three and a half stars to this film. I am glad that I have been introduced to Shane Meadows thanks to mubi. I think "This is England" is more impressive than this film. However, just like the characters of the film, I feel that this film is so humble and so sweet. After I watched this film, I felt really positive towards life. It is both romantic and realistic.
I like Shane Meadows work and while this isn't his best work it still has that growing up charm to it, which i can relate to. I thought the black and white picture may not work, but it honestly didn't make a difference to me.