The Angel's Share
Released: 01/06/2012 General releaseDetermined his newborn son will never lead the life he has, Robbie decides (with his new friends from community service) that the answer lies at the bottom of a bottle, and that they should open a whisky distillery. Palme D'Or winner Ken Loach again sets his directorial gaze on Scotland with a healthy swig of its signature drink. For more information visit: http://www.entertainmentone.co.uk/index.php?category_id=6 Watch:
Empire“a film of two halves, with a slightly wonky join in the middle...” Like good whisky, Loach is mellowing and becoming subtler with age — though a swift chug still has a bit of a kick...
The Telegraph“Cask strength, unfiltered and neat...” Laverty, who grew up in Glasgow, and Loach’s cast have a fine ear for the trickling, glugging rhythms of modern Scots, scorching expletives and all. Every scene is a pleasure to listen to; many are also knee-slappingly funny...
Total Film “Warms like a sip of the good stuff...” Robbie soon learns the meaning of the film’s title – the tiny amount of alcohol that evaporates during the ageing process. It’s also a metaphor for the small percentage of those in Robbie’s world that escape the cycle of poverty and violence.
Time Out“Sprinkling a little fantasy over the realism...” Loach and Laverty never fully resolve the yin and yang, the blood and the banter. But it’s still rewarding to see these filmmakers exploring a different tone with their usual compassion and eye for youthful characters...
The Independent“Trainspotting re-imagined as an Ealing comedy...” [Loach's] humour is invariably counterbalanced by bleakness but, in The Angels' Share, the balance has shifted. There is violence and deprivation but, for once, Loach provides a way out...
Guardian“Stands as a companion piece to Kes...” A freewheeling social-realist comedy caper. In many ways this is his most relaxed and successful screen offering for some time...
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