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Aro Favourite My Name Is Joe


UK 1998, 105 minutes
Dir. Ken Loach
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama / Romance


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.

NZ International Film Festival 1999

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