Tuesday, 21 November
LADYBIRD, LADYBIRD 1994 Directed by Ken Loach. 101 minutes. In English with English subtitles.
British director Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) always caused a storm throughout his entire career, but some of his films were sentimental, and others more hard-hitting. This is an example of the latter. Set in West London, actress Crissy Rock gives an incredible performance as Maggie who has a history of bad relationships with jerks, and is a mother of four children, all with different fathers. The relationships were abusive, her life is a wreck, and her children have been taken from her. She finally starts a relationship with a man she feels she can trust, and tries to regain custody over her children. She then finds herself in a fierce battle with the social workers of a overwhelming bureaucratic government system. This is a brilliant movie that goes into some pretty dark areas, and although it is certainly tragic, it is also able to break the ice and become human in some deeper way. The electrifying acting sure helps.
Once again, this is one of the more neglected movies by this director, maybe pushed aside because it gives us such an unflinching portrait of this woman's fight. It is based a book written by Scottish author Rona Munro, which in turn was inspired by true events. A thought-provoking flick with powerhouse performances, also featuring Ray Winstone.
This will be a high-definition screening.
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- 3-5 €