SORRY WE MISSED YOU
Ken Loach’s thought-provoking, emotionally wrenching new film follows a father whose decision to take a job as a delivery driver has devastating consequences for his family.
A companion piece of sorts to Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake (PFF25), Sorry We Missed You is another work of searing immediacy and social conscience by auteur Ken Loach. Where that film explored the effects of a broken health care system on the British working class, Loach’s new film focuses on a different social ill: the gig economy. Ricky (Kris Hitchen) and Abbie (Debbie Honeywood) have been struggling to stay afloat ever since the 2008 economic crash. Former construction worker Ricky thinks he’s found a solution when he lands a job as a “franchisee” driving trucks for a large delivery company. Yet his seeming independence hides a crushing series of small-print regulations, forcing Ricky to work harder and longer, and throwing the family into an even more precarious economic situation. Meanwhile, Abbie’s job as a contracted home-care nurse is equally demanding. Loach and his superb cast have crafted characters that feel achingly human, making their plight all the more tragic. At 83, the venerable director has delivered his angriest and most empathetic film to date.
CAST: KRIS HITCHEN, DEBBIE HONEYWOOD, RHYS STONE, KATIE PROCTOR
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