It's a Free World... ★★★★

Engaging and affecting drama film with a bleak subject matter, a documentary-like quality, a few suspenseful scenes, and moments of humor. Even though it feels longer than its 96-minute running time, the movie is well paced and not too long. Ken Loach’s passionate direction is appropriately restrained most of the time, but there are a couple of annoyingly manipulative and unsubtle scenes. Angie, the three-dimensional and completely believable lead character, is superbly portrayed by Kierston Wareing.