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The Angels’ Share: A measure of fun and frustration in Loach heist flick

by Alan Thomson
Issue No. 2307

The latest from left wing director Ken Loach is a heist movie set among the web of petty and not so petty frustrations of working class life.

Paul Brannigan plays Robbie, a young Glaswegian facing barriers and obstacles no matter which way he tries to turn.

Things change when he meets a selection of similar outcasts on community service.

They’ve all been passed over by colleges, employers and the rest.

“Even the army wouldn’t touch you,” remarks one to another.

Harry, the caring community service officer played by John Henshaw, introduces them to the aromatic delights of

32 year old whiskies—a new world with a strange new vocabulary.

Inspiration hits Robbie and he uses the skills of his new found friends in a heist to reverse all their misfortunes.

Brannigan’s cute bad boy looks are well cast as Robbie and he’s a picture of defiance in the face of overwhelming odds.

The Angels’ Share isn’t as hard-hitting as Neds from two years ago, nor does it have the same feel that we are products of the society around us.

It’s nevertheless fun to watch, humorous and a vivid portrayal of the fallout when young people are denied opportunities.

The Angels’ Share
Directed by Ken Loach
on general release

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Tue 12 Jun 2012, 19:45 BST
Issue No. 2307
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