Ken Loach starts his feature film career with this ripper of snapshot from not quite swinging London of the 1960's. In it, we have Carol White as the perhaps ironically-named Joy, an optimistic character despite many setbacks and less than happy liaisons. The only really happy one is with Terence Stamp's Dave, a wrong 'un with charm to spare but even he falls short of being the stability that Joy seeks.
There's a vérité shooting style which suggests the influence of the Nouvelle Vague while mixing in the kitchen sink dramas of 60's UK cinema. Even with those elements it does still feel like the work of someone with a singular vision, rather than a cover version of others. One only hopes Loach has career longevity after this very promising start.
Also, that cracking soundtrack - of its time and the better for it.