Sorry We Missed You | Denver Film Society | Ken Loach | United Kingdom

Sorry We Missed You

Ken Loach

Drama, Family Issues, Social Issues

Contemporary World Cinema, Sheila K. O’Brien Spotlight on UK/Ireland Cinema

EnglishUnited Kingdom2019100 min

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Overview

British director Ken Loach has devoted much of his long and distinguished career to deeply humane sociorealist studies of working-class struggle; Sweet Sixteen won the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film at DFF25, and I, Daniel Blake (DFF39) earned him his second Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2016. But given the horror stories that have recently emerged about the mistreatment of independent contractors with companies like Amazon and Uber, his latest film may be his timeliest and hardest-hitting yet.


It centers on jack-of-all-trades Ricky and his family, who have been fighting an uphill battle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. His wife holds down steady but stressful work as a nurse; his son is handling adolescence about as well as any other teen—which is to say poorly—with his younger daughter not far behind. Still, they’re a loving bunch who badly need a break.


They appear to get one when Ricky signs on with a parcel service as a self-employed delivery driver. But the fine print of his contract—out-of-pocket expenses, prolonged shifts, efficiency-tracking systems—is quickly being writ large, and it’s taking a toll on them all.


Sponsored by Sheila K. O’Brien, British Airways, Baird, UK Government Office – Denver, IBCircle

Producer: Rebecca O'Brien | Editor: Jonathan Morris | Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan | Screenwriter: Paul Laverty
Cast: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor, Mark Birch
Additional Countries: France, Belgium

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