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centreyourself Sat 22-Oct-16 00:20:18

Has anyone seen it? Ken Loach at his best.

Leviticus Sat 22-Oct-16 00:28:16

Have you? I really want to. Trying to find out where it's on.

centreyourself Sat 22-Oct-16 00:44:08

Ah Lev it's just brilliant. It's warm, funny, real - so real, and heartbreaking.
And the acting - I don't have he manages to get these performances out of people. I sobbed.
Are you in the U.K.?

charlestrenet Sat 22-Oct-16 00:51:26

I'm hoping to see it next week. I love Ken Loach and I am so glad that he has made what sounds to be a very necessary film.

centreyourself Sat 22-Oct-16 01:18:17

Come back next week and we'll chatsmile?
Not sure where the 1970's full stops came from in UK !

Leviticus Sat 22-Oct-16 08:00:38

Yes I am. It seems like my nearest showing is miles away though. Why are mainstream cinemas so lame?

Laura222 Sat 22-Oct-16 08:02:15

I preferred toy story

Fuckingitup Sat 22-Oct-16 19:11:01

Hi centre. I've just been to see it.

I don't want to say much as I'm terrible for accidentally giving spoilers.

Everyone was crying. Amazing film but oh so emotional. And yes, warm and funny too. The whole cinema clapped at the end.

AnnieNoMouse Sat 22-Oct-16 22:16:26

I've just been - excellent. So glad Ken Loach is still making films like these, but sad so little has changed since Cathy Come Home in the 60's.

Fuckingitup Sun 23-Oct-16 00:33:34

I've just re-watched Cathy Come Home.
Very sad that things are still so bad.

cacaboudin Sun 23-Oct-16 21:12:04

I went last night. I was glad that I went. Very bleak, very thought provoking and very believable.

Flyingbellycopters Sun 23-Oct-16 23:12:43

Thought it was brilliant and unfortunately and shockingly very realistic.
It's ridiculous it's got such small release and in small screens. It's got wider release in France where they love Ken Loach and have more appreciation for Indy films.

SingaSong12 Sun 23-Oct-16 23:16:20

A great, heartbreaking film because a lot of it is so realistic.

SealSong Sun 23-Oct-16 23:22:40

Ken loach is awesome. Do want to see this film.

HalfShellHero Mon 24-Oct-16 08:36:58

I want to see this it looks very gritty and real, I'm. Glad it's set in the north east too or seems to be.

CartwheelGirl Mon 24-Oct-16 11:47:22

I watched it and agree that it is very emotional and very well made.

19lottie82 Thu 27-Oct-16 10:08:36

I went to see it last night, I wasn't expecting it to be so sad!
I almost started crying at the bit in the food bank.

Everyone clapped at the end where I was too.

AndNowItsSeven Thu 27-Oct-16 15:36:34

I did cry at the food bank, I was also filled with rage.

bestcatintheworld Fri 28-Oct-16 07:12:08

I went to see this last night. I cried at the food bank and various other bits, at the end, I was just angry. There were only a few people in the cinema, but everybody was stunned. Once girl sobbed really loudly. I went to the toilet afterwards and there was the woman who had sat in front of me, she was just green in her face and visibly shaken. It is such an intelligent film, and I feel so very angry.

UsedToBeAPaxmanFan Tue 01-Nov-16 18:24:29

I saw it last night. It's a brilliant, powerful film. It made me cry with sympathy for the characters, but also with anger. The foodbank scene was truly gut wrenching.

The cinena was absutely silent at the end - no talking, some sobbing but I think we all stunned. I was waiting g outside the loo after it finished, and a woman came out I tears, looked at me and said "you've Been crying too, haven't you?" then gave me a hug and said how upset she was by the film.
The acting was so believable. Really worth going to see.

citykat Thu 03-Nov-16 23:39:04

Yep silence at my cinema too. A lot of weeping.slots of it ad libbed I hear. Going to read up more about it and find out where my food bank is.

ClaudiaApfelstrudel Sun 13-Nov-16 09:47:29

I saw it and thought it was a bit over the top in parts and some absolutely dreadful acting but I liked the overall feeling and sentiment of the film

absolutelynotfabulous Tue 15-Nov-16 10:42:53

Saw it last night. A bit hammy and clichéd in parts but no doubt is an accurate description of many people's experiences.

musicghostly Fri 18-Nov-16 10:03:20

I saw it with DD who is 17. I persuaded her along because I thought it would be good for her to understand just how lucky she is to have food, clothes, a warm house etc. Though actually, these things should be a given for everyone.

We did think some of it was a bit cliched and predictable but I still found it very thought provoking and thought the acting was very real. I came away with a despair about how crap modern life is - all the automated systems, the beaurocracy, the lack of humanity, the hundreds of people chasing every job - and I wonder how we've got to this position.

I was struck by all the government money that's going into this ridiculous beaurocracy instead of where it's really needed. Something the film didn't mention but DD and I both thought about the poor single mum is how come the father gets away scot free? I bet he isn't in a homeless hostel or moved hundreds of miles from family. It also made me angry when the job centre woman said "shall I write you a food bank letter?" I thought, yes, you know damn well you're basically starving someone so let's rely on other people instead of providing for this poor bloke from the taxes he's paid his whole life. I think people felt a lot of anger as well as sadness at the end. We need to overhaul so many things in this country it's hard to know where to start. I really hope every government official and MP is made to watch this.

What really scared me most, though, is that could be most of us. I'm lucky enough now to have a small amount if savings, but even living as frugally as possible they'd only last us 2 or 3 months if we had no income - and I know that's more than a lot of people. Five years ago we'd have had no buffer because we were just hand to mouth every month.

There must be millions of people in Britain, us included, who are only one illness or one job loss away from being in the same position as the film characters. That's frightening and none of us can or should think these issues don't or couldn't affect us.

TurquoiseDress Sun 11-Dec-16 18:45:44

I saw this film when it came out, didn't know much about but went on a solo trip to watch it.

Found it very eye opening & moving, it has stayed in my memory since.
It was sad how it ended, but it gave a real insight into the lives of those on benefits & the struggles at the job centre etc.

I'd recommended it.

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