Introducin spunky Kierston Wareing (pic) as the sexy anti-soccermom with a bad dye-job and a moral dilemma on being Britain's equivalent of a mid-tier snakehead, master director Ken Loach continues his illustrious catalogue of socialist films with It's A Free World..., the title itself already mockin globalisation, commercialism and the ugly shortcomings of the free market.
Even as England grows increasingly unhappy with the Polish influx of illegal workers (sometimes legal) or any other alien Turk, Algerian or Lithuanian for that matter; she scarcely needs the oft-called defector director to produce yet another critical piece of film literature about her problems. However, as even his toughest critics may attest, he does bring a great deal to the table in terms of purposeful and solid didactic filmmakin.
Reminds me of:
The door factory I once worked at.
Most memorable line:
As the woman is asked "Is your son better than mine?" by vengeful and desperate workers who are wronged by the system (or at least, her system), audiences should find that Ken Loach has not lost his basic edge in invitin self-question. Social realist cinema still needs Loach, as he pulls off yet another anti-climax, forcin us to understand that his movies never end cinematically because real life doesn't follow cinema logic.
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Doesn't pack as much cinematic punch as say, The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) or his celebrated masterpiece Kes (1969), which this writer concedes admirin unapologetically. It's decidedly less poignant, perhaps due to the rougher and less romantic nature of today's socio-economic problems compared to those days. For an old man however, he sure does know how to keep up with the times. ★★★