Ricky (Kris Hitchen) and his family 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.
Please stop, Ken
- Sorry We Missed You review by Alphaville
Yet another joyous, life-enhancing, cinematic Loach extravaganza. Joke! Yet another class-warrior rant against the system in the guise of another one-dimensional depiction of the struggling British working class. It’s like being locked in a room with Jeremy Corbyn. This time our Ken’s railing against the gig economy. He’s perfectly entitled to dramatize this, of course, but no one should be inveigled into watching it without first being made to sit through the trailer. This is supposed to be a film, Ken, not a miserable TV drama. Even the dog has only three legs. Best thing about it? At least he keeps the camera firm without jiggling it around.
5 out of 19 members found this review helpful.
It’s a Ken Loach film
- Sorry We Missed You review by JH
If you know Ken Loach films, you know what to expect. Unknown actors perfectly cast to play the roles. This gives the film the necessary relatability you don’t really see in cinema enough. The subject matter is of course given the dignity and respect it deserves and relevance is the key to its hard hitting drama. It amazes me the people who complain about this kind of film because the point of a drama is to make an impact on the viewer. Not all films need to follow a traditional happy ending narrative. It’s not a comedy. It’s a Ken Loach film
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
What's behind the Wondrous World of the White Vans
- Sorry We Missed You review by MP
Less of a documentary style than I Daniel Blake, but an equally powerful film, and just as relevant to understanding the free enterprise, gig economy that treats people like machines. The domestic arguments and conflicts were hard to watch. The effects on children and family life are again highlighted by Ken Loach. He paints a broad picture of family and community life, as well as drawing back the curtain on the details of privatised delivery and social care systems.
You'll never view a delivery driver in the same way again. Or complain about one. This should be compulsory viewing for everyone who orders goods online for home delivery.
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.
Loach can't retire in times such as these
- Sorry We Missed You review by JB
Ken Loaches' last film dealt with the iniquities of the current benefits system and its administration. This one takes on the gig economy and the zero hours contract culture, and for good measure the low pay and appalling conditions of service of home care workers. Both parents in this movie about a family must work - as is the usual case today - and both sets of problems they face at work are different aspects of a collapsing late capitalist society poorly and chaotically governed and hopelessly lacking in compassion. Loach shows us how these conditions impact on family life and in so doing how they destroy the 'family values' still endorsed by rightwing governments - which have lost their way but not achieved insight into the level of hypocrisy which somehow sustains them. It wouldn't be right to call Sorry I Missed You enjoyable. It is very sad in its accurate portrayal of the lives of very many people in the UK today.
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
- Sorry We Missed You review by EW
This powerful and moving film is a call to fight injustice, and should be viewed by as many people as possible.