Recommended! How convoluted systems prevent good people who need temporary aid from getting it, and then the downward spiral that ensues. How working people can be just one negative incident away from winding up hungry and homeless. Heavy Brit accents: For subtitles, use the "subtitles" button on your DVD player's remote -- there's nothing on the DVD's menu.
The poor are shoved completely over the edge - intentionally and without even a pretense of caring - because no one can possibly follow all the rules that they, and they alone, are expected to.
Based on true events and yet it's so unreal to see the indignity these unfortunate people have suffered in this film. Bureacracy can be a real pain. This movie made me angry.
From the end credits: «A very special thanks to workers within the DWP [Department for Work and Pensions] and PCS [Public and Commercial Services] Union who provided us with invaluable information but who must remain anonymous.»
The incident involving Katie at the foodbank really happened to a woman in Glasgow who Paul Laverty met while researching his script.
This is a heart wrenching film. You can really feel and relate to the characters frustrations with red tape, government offices, filing papers, etc. Their friendship is light in a very bleak place. It was incredibly sad and unfortunately way too realistic as our world keeps changing and jobs become more scarce.
A really good but heart-wrenching movie about being caught in the red tape of the system and, also, about true friendship. The ending is not the outcome that is hoped for.
Great story, well acted. But the ending ......
We watched this all through, hoping for a happy ending.
But the end left us feeling depressed and wishing we hadn't bothered
Set in contemporary England ('New Labour' or Tory, what's the difference?), this is the affecting story of an honest man and a poor single mother caught in the Kafkaesque toils (and vocabulary) of the social services' bureaucracy. The decency, kindness and mutual help of ordinary people shine in contrast to a rules crazy 'State' that treats the unemployed as scroungers. The actors are superb, the script is almost perfect, and Ken Loach's direction is faultless. A moving film, not to be missed.
Often hilarious in a darkly funny way...BUT...
This is no comedy, and the ending is NOT what you'd expect...and may not be what you want...
The Preferred View: The "Nanny" state isn't doing many people many favours.
The Alternative View: If people were more self-reliant and planned ahead--they wouldn't need the nanny state, which, in the end, fails many of them...
I'd give it four stars. Great performance by the lead.
This is a very poignant movie of real life and makes you sympathize with what it must be like to be poor and the hurdles vulnerable people have to overcome to exist. Excellent and well acted. Not surprised it won the Palme D'Or. We have to be more caring of each other.
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