Dismal tale of misled youth, it tracks a couple of Scottish teenagers who turn to peddling and doing favors for a local mob boss, all in the misguided and backwards attempt to pull their lives together.The dominant focus is given to Liam (Martin Compston), already forced into shady business with his abusive step-father, while his mum is serving time and his sister is raising a newborn. Ostensibly, Ken Loach is trying to demonstrate the tragedy of the cycle, how the boy’s awareness and avoidance of particularities does not match up with his total logic, allowing him to follow in what’s being suggested as his predetermined footsteps. There is a certain authenticity to Loach’s street life presentation, and for a while the unflappable is fascinating to watch; however, on the way to the foreseeable and expected outcome, the footwork gets tangled up — causing dance to replace swift step — and there is ultimately less to gain when the descent begins to pile-drive itself into repetition and submission. Still, for the most part, it has some convincing young performances, which do not seek to roll over to the unctuous and glamorous for typical popularized effect. With Annmarie Fulton, William Ruane, Michelle Abercromby, Michelle Coulter, Gary McCormack, and Calum McAlees.[Worth-seeing.]
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