Run time: 113 mins
Ken Loach’s stirring chronicle of a small-town culture clash.
Premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the two-time Palme d’Or winner’s latest features a northern English pub owner whose community “welcomes” a group of Syrian refugees. Featuring a ripped-from-the-headlines story, the film centres on a previously thriving but now-failing mining community in County Durham and the anger it provokes among certain residents looking for a scapegoat to pin their problems on.
Loach has always had his finger on the pulse of this country’s simmering socioeconomic situation, especially when it concerns the plight of the working class. It’s no real surprise that for his latest feature he’s decided to tackle two issues not only at the forefront of U.K. politics, but most of Europe’s, if not wider.
With each feature, it’s safe to say we probably all have that hope that this isn’t Loach’s final film. But if it is, he has concluded an astounding career in filmmaking with a ringing statement of faith in compassion for the oppressed.