Aroview: Dir. Ken Loach revisits his mainstay - the not-working-class of urban Britain, this time extending further north to the slums of Glasgow.
Winning Best Actor at Cannes, Peter Mullen plays an unemployed, recovering alcoholic whose heartfelt romance with a family-planning counsellor is unstabilised by his loyalty to a vulnerable lad with a junkie wife and a serious debt to the local mob. Nobody does human frailty like Loach, and aside from his renown for getting uniformly brilliant performances, his skill as a director invests almost every scene with incidental detail, poetic grace and narrative economy as well as his customary social conscience and command of absolute truth.
5 stars (Exceptional) Reformed alcoholic and handyman Joe falls for Sarah, a local social worker, when she employs him to do a job. From different worlds, it's an unlikely pairing and Joe's demons from the past threaten to ruin everything. Powerful, a really touching film.~GenXGirl