Available Friday, April 10 via Virtual Screening Room
This was my favorite film of last year’s FilmColumbia festival, just as I, Daniel Blake, was my favorite film of a previous festival. Loach, one of Britain’s greatest filmmakers, is an unapologetic activist known for his social issue movies like The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and this one, about a lower middle-class husband strapped for cash who is talked into believing that his best chance is to become his own small businessman by managing a “franchise” for an Amazon-like delivery company. The remarkable thing about Loach’s films is that you always know exactly where they’re going to go—the little guy gets screwed—but they work anyway.
“This is a Loach movie, and along with being one of Earth’s most venerable and venerated directors, he’s almost without peer as a filmmaker formidably committed to exposing the sins of our wages.” — Wesley Morris, New York Times
“This absorbing and ultimately shattering portrayal of the costs of a late-capitalist system obsessed with convenience, efficiency and nanosecond precision couldn’t be more timely.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“A lacerating social drama that proceeds to demolish the current corporate line on ‘gig work.’” — Mark Jenkins, NPR
“In their domestic gut-punch of a story, they’ve exposed our new feudalism in a way that feels honest and blisteringly human.” — Robert Abele, LA Times
Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor
UK, France, Belgium