On the occasion of his newest film, IFC's The Angels' Share, Statuesque highlights some of iconic UK director Ken Loach's best and brightest contributions to cinema. Today Statuesque checks out the new work, and what exactly it means to be a "Ken Loach" film.
For decades, Ken Loach has remained one of the most politically-minded filmmakers; his films themselves, almost never deal specifically with politics, but the characters in question, are always affected by social inequity, therefore turning his movies into heartfelt, but objective, socio political essays.
Trying to peg what is it that makes a Ken Loach movie, “a Ken Loach movie” is quite hard, given that he never relies on stylistic choices to help us determine his auteurship. Yet, once we’re watching the action unfold, the characters evolve in front of us and the plot take a turn towards the bittersweet, we know it…this is why The Angel’s Share feels so confusing at first.
Loach’s movies are never really funny, but there is a deep humanism in them that unavoidably leads to moments that make us laugh. The Angel’s Share in fact begins like most of his movies: we meet a down on his luck man named Robbie (Paul Brannigan), who on the very first scene gets sentenced to providing hours of community service for a small crime.