Nice part is the friendship between two struggling persons.
Excellent. Very insightful. Damn the government bureaucracy (in England and in Oregon) for all the people who fall through the cracks.
SLOW, SLOW, SLOW paced. Accent so thick I couldn't understand most of it. The closed captions come in big batches and disappear quickly. While I appreciate the concept of authenticity of a variety of UK accents, bad subtitles made me give up after two hours.
The most powerful film I've seen in a very long time. Moving and tear-inducing, yet the film doesn't play for pity. Instead, an outstanding story and superb acting throw light on the face of a public service focused on petty rules rather than on actually providing service, and you can't help but feel the frustration, the anger, and the growing isolation, of characters trying to work with a system that has detached itself from common sense and reason. Very well done. If you want to be moved, this is the film.
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 when most in need - intentionally and without even a pretense of caring - because no one can possibly follow all the rules and jump through all the hoops 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.
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