THE ANGELS' SHARE
Not many would look at Robbie and see a man worthy of redemption. He's constantly looking over his shoulder for a gang of thugs bent on settling a family grudge. His girlfriend is about to give birth to their son out of wedlock. Her father has offered him £5,000 to leave Glasgow — and he's just been sentenced to 300 hours of community service. Fortunately for Robbie, he's about to meet Mike, the "big man" in charge of his sentence — a gentle soul with a taste for a wee dram. In distilling terms, THE ANGELS' SHARE is the amount of whiskey lost annually to evaporation from sealed casks. It takes a unique perspective to look at this obscure fact and see it as the inspiration for a heist movie, but that is exactly what British master Ken Loach has done in this rollicking and spirited comedic turn. —Dayan Ballweg
Many of Ken Loach's films feature working class subjects and explore political issues, including his 2006 Cannes Palme d'Or winner THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY. His directing career spans nearly 50 years, from CATHY COME HOME in the ‘60s, to LAND AND FREEDOM, SWEET SIXTEEN, LOOKING FOR ERIC (AFI FEST 2009) and THE ANGELS' SHARE, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year.