Another well modulated work from Loach eliciting strong performances in this downward spiral of stark dilemmas and horrendous consequences. Less common for Loach it’s not the System per se failing here, but the repercussions of misplaced individual good faith. Whilst not “Just say no!” this as close as a manifestation of it that I’ve seen.
Familiar territory for Loach who deftly generates another gripping social drama. Punctuated by some hilarious moments (i.e. the football match), it features an astonishing Mullan, aided by a naturalistically acting ensemble. Loach manages to balance critique with a genuine appreciation of current possibilities and he scores wonders in the scene of Joe's repose as he listens to classical music. A humanist manifesto.
My Name Is Joe is a heartbreaking film about addiction & failure made by the great Ken Loach. Peter Mullan gives one of the finest performances I've seen. Such a film could never be made in America; as it is filled with swearing, honest adult relationships, unglamorous observations on crime, & filled with Loach's working class insights that lean into socialist politics.
Come sempre Ken Loach sfrutta la"storia"per mettere in mostra contraddizioni ed ingiustizie sociali.E anche questa volta fa centro,perchè realizza un ottimo lavoro sempre in bilico tra dramma,ironia e umorismo,con un'insolita svolta d'azione nell'ultima parte in cui i rapporti tra i personaggi si complicano troppo.Buonissime le caratterizzazioni e lo spaccato di Glasgow,con in più un grande Mullan. 3,5*