This bitter sweet comedy follows protagonist Robbie as he sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time. Overwhelmed by the moment, he swears that Luke will not have the same tragic life he has had…
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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.
Loach's films are always filled with realism but more than often are very gloom. This one on the other hand is rather fresh, with good doses of humour, as a bunch misfits touched by the kindness of a community service officer have decided to try and change their lives around, but not before one last scam... The result is delightful.
#afifest Lighter in tone than his previous work, maybe Loach in his old age wants to put things right in the world, but he still manages to touch deeply and in this case, delight and make us laugh. His passions are painted all over the screen.