Sorry We Missed You

Sorry We Missed You

2019
101 minutes
English
Directed by:
Ken Loach

Ken Loach (“I, Daniel Blake,” “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”) again empathically explores the British working class in “Sorry We Missed You,” a wrenching, intimate family drama that exposes the dark side of the so-called gig economy. Former laborer Ricky and home-attendant wife Abby — who lost their home in the 2008 financial crash — are desperate to get out of their financial distress. When an opportunity arises for Ricky to work as his own boss as a delivery driver, they sell their only asset, Abby’s car, trading it in for a shiny new white van. But the couple find their lives are only pushed further to the edge by an unrelenting work schedule, a ruthless supervisor, and the needs of their two teenage children. The Guardian writes: “Director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty have come storming back to Cannes with another tactlessly passionate bulletin from the heart of modern Britain, a film in the tradition of Loach’s previous work and reaching back to Vittorio De Sica’s ‘Bicycle Thieves.’ It’s fierce, open and angry, unironised and unadorned, about a vital contemporary issue whose implications you somehow don’t hear on the news.”

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