Robbie is a Glasgow boy locked in a family feud who just wants a way out. On community service he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives, leading them to the distilleries of the Scottish Highlands and the biggest gamble of his life.
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The Angels' Share is a rousing crowdpleaser & is superbly directed by the great Ken Loach. About a heist for some of the world's most expensive scotch, the film focuses on a group stuck in community payback and their attempt to steal & sell the scotch to the highest bidder. Loach, as always, inserts a strong sociopolitical commentary into the film; [cont.]
A film that can't quite decide what it's about, or what sort of a film it is, but a pleasure to watch nonetheless. That it won a prize at Cannes when Carax was shut out may speak to Nanni Moretti being a jury president with a taste for the mild. 4 out of 5 stars.
Not quite the Cannes competition film you'd expect, but a very good one: Loach knows how to offer a piece of social realism without getting melodramatic or anything (but I suppose we knew that already :) I love it when a film can be a crowd-pleasing comedy and a smart take on serious issues at the same time. People were applauding at dialogues!
Without getting overly spoilery, the realist elements in the early scenes are effective enough at reminding the viewer they're watching a Ken Loach film so that the conclusion, which would feel formulaic in a Hollywood production, has something of a genuine twist to it: Loach actually giving his hero a happy ending, and letting them escape their past.
Even the use of the Proclaimers feels earned.