Work yourself to die. A new film by Ken Loach in Cannes

Work yourself to die. A new film by Ken Loach in Cannes

"Sorry We Missed You" 83-year-old Ken Loach devoted to the difficult situation of a poor family in North East England receives great reviews. Three years after the capture of the second Golden Palm, Loach is again defending the working class ruthlessly used by competing employers.

Loach's new film, although not as emotional as "Me, Daniel Blake", perfectly hits its time. In some sense, it explains where the yellow vest protests in France come from, why the British spontaneously voted for Brexit, which leads to exploitation and the lack of protection of local labor markets.

"Our film is about & nbsp; people who desperately need help, and the state refuses it, and even punishes them for asking for it," explains the director. - Documenting the topic, we came to the conclusion that poverty primarily affects the most needy. There are many indications that their situation is not improving at all, quite the opposite. Two-thirds of new jobs created are at risk, uncertain. "

Ricky from Loach's intimate social drama, a 40-year-old driver from Newcastle, an exemplary husband and father of two children (an 11-year-old daughter and a rebellious son), lives from pay to pay. He poured concrete, he was a bricklayer, a plumber, he worked at the construction site, until finally with unpaid mortgage he was on the pavement. No chance for any permanent job. So when the opportunity arises to pay off debts faster and get straight, she catches her like a sinking razor. He becomes a driver in self-employment.

The owner of a thriving transport corporation providing clients with custom parcels tells him that this is a dream come true for every employee. Finally, you're on your own. As a freelancer, you can decide & nbsp; yourself. He only forgets to tell him that the road to financial independence is paid for by a terrible renunciation. Every minute of work will be monitored. To earn anything, you have to work 14 hours a day. In the case of illness, urgent need or need to go to hospital, dismissal means lower pay. A & nbsp; in the first place, repayments and a new loan to buy a van are repaid.

It is not the first time that Loach has exposed the mechanisms of the modern capitalist economy that reduce a defenseless man to a slave position. In interviews, the director eagerly cites a drastic (authentic) example of a diabetic van driver who resigned from & nbsp; visits and medical assistance because he was afraid of losing his job. Shortly afterwards he died. Precisely due to & nbsp; such situations "the gap between the rich and the poor is widening. This shows how far the aid system does not work, "says Loach.

Unlike 'Ja, Daniel Blake', 'Sorry We Missed You' does not focus on describing puberty for rebellion and & nbsp; the birth of anger. Instead of & nbsp; solidarity, he talks about & nbsp; reaching the wall. This precise, maintained in the spirit of the Dardenne brothers, and also involved cinema Mike Leigh strongly depressing analysis of the inability to deal with the cynicism of the world. In the background of this process, Loach shows its consequences: lowering the standard of living, weakening family ties, and interpersonal relationships.

"A balanced, professionally realized and deeply human film. Without unnecessary ornaments, it & nbsp; presents a surprisingly direct way to difficult matters that are the affliction of many ordinary people. You have to be made of stone to remain unimpressed by this picture, "writes the American reviewer" The Hollywood Reporter. " English critics also spare no words of admiration, which does not mean that the film is without flaws.

Part of the dialogue sounds numb and & nbsp; lopologologically. Some scenes are overly intentional. Actors often play one-dimensional. For Poles, the credibility of the family drama presented by Loach also remains indisputable. The experience of immigrants from & nbsp; our part of Europe can be much more painful. Only so far there are no willing to bend over them.

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