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The Angels' Share
Four Friends. One Mission. Lots of Spirit.
Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.
This one is from Scotland. The main character, Robbie, is the type of a guy that has been in trouble all of his life. When we first meet him he is looking at going back to prison....his only saving grace? His girlfriend is about to have his child...so the judge gives him one more chance. The movie paints a pretty depressing picture and makes it look like Robbie has no chance to turn his life around. But with the help from his community service manager and being a new dad...he starts to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Paul Brannigan gives a wonderful performance as Robbie. By the end of the movie you are really hoping things work out for him. Movie has humor, drama and even manages to throw in a heist. Final thought: An interesting look at a world that I am not familiar with.....worth checking out.
”Every year we lose almost 2% of the spirit, it just evaporates. Gone forever. We call it angels’ share”
This is the kind of movie that will cool down and recharge you after a stressful day, Ken Loach gathers a couple of simple, somewhat misshapen and absurd characters who are desperately looking for hope, happiness and freedom and makes one of the funniest, sweetest and most refreshing films of the year, a goodhearted and warm film which is at times breathtakingly thrilling and incredibly amusing. In The Angels’ Share Loach mixes innocence, simplicity and foolishness to portray some of the most memorable characters of the past decade who always choose the most illogical option when encountering new problems in their…
Much like Ken Loach’s own, Looking for Eric, his latest film also attempts to blend hard hitting social realism and broad comedic farce, and just like that aforementioned film the results are predictably mixed. Robbie is a delinquent desperately trying to change his ways since becoming a father for the first time. A community visit to a whisky distillery puts him, and his equally wayward friends, on the road to a new life, all they need to do is pull off an audacious heist.
It should come as little surprise that Loach is more comfortable during the first half of The Angel’s Share where Robbie’s downbeat situation and his desire to make a change for the better is palpable. The…
This won't do much for the Scottish tourist industry, that you can be sure of. Ken Loach has delivered another slice of realism mixed with a wickedly crude humor that stays just this side of profane.
A Glaswegian thug on a downward spiral has one last chance to change before he finally gets locked up again. After viciously assaulting a young man while high on drugs, he narrowly avoids a prison sentence and gets "community payback". His lucky escape was due to his girlfriend being heavily pregnant and his date with fatherhood. As he attends his community service he is mixed with a crowd of fellow delinquents all of which have their own problems. After the group leader takes young…
Rich, warm brew of social commentary and feel good comedy from Palme d'or winning director Ken Loach, that answers the age old question of what exactly the Scots have under their kilts. Its about a set of down on their luck community service serving Scottish youths, and their novel way of making it out of their bleak lives of petty crime (all be it by scamming the high society world of rare scotch whiskey collecting).
Iron Brew, Proclaimers, Kilts & Scotch Whiskey all add to the Scottishness of the movie. The actings a touch amateur feeling at times but Ken Loach's direction is as ever on the money, he's always had that kitchen sink style of showing the common man as…
I f***ing love the Scottish.
"Your stupidity is only matched by your good luck"
With hard, sharp filming, it's a typically British film. Bitter sweet, hard edged humour. Ken Loach, unmistakeable. It doesn't supplant my favourite iconic, cultish Scottish film, that is still Restless Natives, but there was a charm to this.
I lived in Glasgow for five years and even so I struggled with the accent. There were times when I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. Too be honest, my life in Glasgow was often like that anyway!
Films where our hero steals whisky are not unusual. Something about the fact that angels do it seems to make it acceptable for humans as well. Even so I have a bit…
A sweet, if lightweight, hardscrabble coming of age tale, which is somewhat surprising considering the backgrounds of the criminals we get to know throughout the course of the film. In particular the film's lead, an intense hooligan who's sworn to provide for his girlfriend and newborn son, comes from an environment with so much adversity it would appear there is no way to rise above it all. Beatings from long-time rivals await him around seemingly every corner, jobs are no where to be found, and even his own girlfriend's father has so little faith in him he offers 5,000 pounds just to be rid of him. Ken Loach definitely stacks the deck against him, but then strangely gives him a…
An Ealing comedy with a Ken Loach twist. It's actually a better film than 'Whiskey Galore!'.
Dramerija koja na kraju malo previše ide u feelgood naprema po meni boljem ozbiljnom pristupu sa početka, ali je svejedno bio zabavan u oba djela.
The Angels' Share attracted me for three reasons: Ken Loach directing , John Henshaw featuring, and finally, it's about Whisky. That should have a been a winning combination, but unfortunately it didn't quite work for me.
The film had a really human tone to it, something that Ken Loach is very good at putting on film. There's no frills with the characters here, there people you would know in your normal life.
The film has several funny and likeable moments, but I think my biggest problem with the film was the lead character of Robbie.
Robbie is what is know in Scotland as a NED. He's trying to change his life having recently become a father, but his past isn't…
La película tiene un buen equilibrio entre el drama y la comedia.
Buenos personajes, a ratos absurdos pero llenos de esperanzas.
I had never seen a Ken Loach movie and was under the impression that they were all extremely gloomy. I was wrong; this one, at least, is fun.
- Beyond the Hills
- Spring Breakers
- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
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