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.
The story of the two boys interacting and befriending each other is what drew me in and kept me going. How they found a way to be there for each other was endearing coming from two different environments and being outsiders within their current surroundings.
Other reviewers have complained about the slightness of this film but that oddly made it more endearing to me. The film is reduced down to a simple tale, in black and white, of friendship between two adrift teens in London who are a bit unmoored and need companionship. Nothing more than that -- no dramatic conflict to get in the way. Instead, what emerges is a warm, alive relationship, with empathy and hope.