Sorry We Missed You

Certification tbc

(2019) 100 mins

Director: Ken Loach
Writer: Paul Laverty
Cinematography: Robbie Ryan
Production Design: Fergus Clegg
Music: George Fenton



Ricky (Kris Hitchen), his wife Abbie (Debbie Honeywood) and their children have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It’s hard work, and his wife’s job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.  Loach is known for hard-hitting, pensive dramas and this one is no different as it explores the ‘gig’ economy.  As with his previous film, I, Daniel Blake, Loach is unafraid to champion working class heroes with evocative narratives & new faces.

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Ken Loach has ploughed his own particular furrow over the years. You might think you could become blasé about his insightful, compassionate and moving takes on the struggles of the underdog. Each time, though, he confounds your expectations. In Sorry We Missed You, a companion piece to the Palme d’Or winning I Daniel Blake, he raises the bar yet again with a narrative that hits your emotional solar plexus with the raw power of the performances and the deceptive simplicity of the story.”  Eye for Film

“Director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty have come storming back to Cannes with another tactlessly passionate bulletin from the heart of modern Britain, the land of zero-hours vassalage and service-economy serfdom – a film in the tradition of Loach’s previous work and reaching back to Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves. It’s fierce, open and angry, unironised and unadorned, about a vital contemporary issue whose implications you somehow don’t hear on the news.”  The Guardian

“The subject matter may be grim but the storytelling is utterly compelling.”  The Independent

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