The Angels' Share

  • 15
  • Ken Loach (2012)
  • UK / Fr / It
  • 101 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

It's been billed as Scotland's answer to The Full Monty, but this story of a young criminal who develops a taste for fine malt whisky doesn't quite have that film's underdog appeal or Everyman quality, though it picked up the Jury Prize at the 2012 Cannes film festival. The main character, Robbie (newcomer Paul Brannigan), is a volatile troublemaker who viciously assaults an innocent man, a crime that sits uneasily with the gentle, Ealing-style comedy that follows. While doing community service for his crime, Robbie meets supervisor Harry (John Henshaw), who takes him to a distillery, setting in train a plan to siphon some bottles from a cask of extremely rare whisky. Brannigan is an engaging lead and Henshaw offers light relief, but director Ken Loach, famous for his social realism, and regular writer Paul Laverty struggle to find a balance between the film's comic and serious elements. Indeed, it's telling that the best scenes are those showing Robbie's troubled home life and not the tourist-board depictions of the improbable Highland heist.

Plot Summary

Premiere. An unemployed man with a criminal record is put on community service just as his son is born, and resolves to make a better life for his family. Befriending three fellow offenders facing an equally uncertain future, they decide to make a fresh start by stealing a cask of valuable whisky. Ken Loach's comedy drama, starring Paul Brannigan and John Henshaw.

Cast and crew

Cast

Robbie Emerson
Paul Brannigan
Harry
John Henshaw
Albert
Gary Maitland
Mo
Jasmine Riggins
Rhino
William Ruane
Thaddeus
Roger Allam
Leonie
Siobhan Reilly

Crew

Director
Ken Loach

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
E1 Entertainment
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing.
Released 1 Jun 2012
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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