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Director: KEN LOACH

96 minutes, U.K.-Italy-Germany-Spain-Poland, 2007, Colour, 35mm

When Angie (Kierston Wareing) is fired from her job at a recruitment agency, she is enterprising enough to set up a similar business of her own, capitalising on the desperate desire of immigrants looking for work and running it from her kitchen with the help of her friend and flatmate Rose (Juliet Ellis). Skirting legal bureaucracy and faced with more brutal forces, Angie has difficulty recognising she might be out of her depth.

Loach’s comment on a system that encourages a freer movement of labour across borders remains timely, while Wareing’s debut performance is terrific, as she portrays a morally compromised character who stays sympathetic and human. 

This film is screening as part of our Ken Loach retrospective (May & June). Loach’s latest film, Jimmy’s Hall, opens at the IFI on May 30th. 

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