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Though conspicuously absent from the Cannes winners’ podium, Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty left no stone unturned with their latest impassioned portrait of Britain’s working class. This firecracker of a film – which many are calling better than 2016 Palme d’Or triumph I, Daniel Blake – tackles the ground level struggle of raising a family of four against the wall of zero-hour contracts and zero-benefits employment.
“Sorry We Missed You finds Loach at his most insightful and clear-eyed… Kris Hitchen plays Ricky Turner, a Newcastle father of two who turns to delivery driving in an attempt to scrape together a mortgage deposit. He and his wife Abby (Debbie Honeywood) were ready to buy a decade ago, but Northern Rock’s collapse put paid to that, and they have been renting ever since…
Ricky’s supervisor at the depot, Maloney (Ross Brewster), talks a lot about choices and self-employment… But when work begins, everything looks suspiciously like old-fashioned factory-floor graft… The perks of employment – stability, comradeship, sane hours… time off in an emergency – are nowhere to be seen. Even Abby’s work as a carer is on a zero-hours basis, which leaves her zig-zagging from dawn to dusk between… patients… while parenting by mobile phone. Parcel by parcel, client by client, the film reveals the regime to be a cup-and-ball con trick.” — Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
“Fierce, open and angry, unironised and unadorned, about a vital contemporary issue whose implications you somehow don’t hear on the news… This brilliant film will focus minds.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian