Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h 41mins
Warning – no babies for 15 Cert.
The latest from Palme d’Or winning director Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, I, Daniel Blake) and long-term collaborator writer Paul Laverty, continue in their tradition of socially motivated, political filmmaking.
Ricky (Kris Hitchen) is an ex-tradesman, hired by a freelance delivery service while his wife Abby (Debbie Honeywood) cares for the elderly on a zero-hours contract. As their son becomes involved in anti-social behaviour and Ricky’s job proves increasingly untenable, the family is pushed to its limits. Fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver.
Sorry We Missed You is already being compared to Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, partly thanks to Loach’s commitment to off-the-record interviews with people working in the service economy to ensure he could draw up the most realistic picture possible. This is both a powerful indictment of the changing world of work in modern Britain, and an intimate portrayal of one family’s struggle within it.