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Ladybird Ladybird (1994)

R | | Drama | January 1995 (USA)
This Ken Loach docu-drama relates the story of a British woman's fight with Social Services over the care of her children. Maggie has a history of bouncing from one abusive relationship to ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Maggie Conlan
Vladimir Vega ...
Jorge
Sandie Lavelle ...
Mairead
Mauricio Venegas ...
Adrian
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Simon
Clare Perkins ...
Jill
Jason Stracey ...
Sean
Luke Brown ...
Mickey
Lily Farrell ...
Serena
Scottie Moore ...
Maggie's Father
Linda Ross ...
Maggie's Mother
Kim Hartley ...
Maggie, aged 5
Jimmy Batten ...
Karaoke's Compere
Sue Sawyer ...
Foster Mother
Pamela Hunt ...
Mrs. Higgs
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This Ken Loach docu-drama relates the story of a British woman's fight with Social Services over the care of her children. Maggie has a history of bouncing from one abusive relationship to another. She has four children, of four different fathers, who came to the attention of Social Services when they were injured in a fire. Subsequently, Maggie was found to be an "unfit mother" and her children were removed from her care. She finally meets the man of her dreams, a Paraguayan expatriate, and they start a family together. Unfortunately, Social Services seems unwilling to accept that her life has changed and rends them from their new children. She and Jorge together, and separately, fight Social Services, Immigration, and other government bureaucrats in a desperate battle to make their family whole again. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Rated R for strong language and intense depiction of domestic abuse | See all certifications »

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$152,457 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Maggie Conlan: Love isn't for me. Love is a fucking fairy tale.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy - 1995 (1995) See more »

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Possibly the most powerful & disturbing film ever made
9 December 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I challenge any parent who has been questioned over the care of the children or any person who has been unjustly accused of neglect as I have have once been, to sit and watch this disturbing powerhouse of a film. I paused it twice during my original sitting and had to take a moment to deal with what I was being confronted with once again. Rarely . . . yes VERY RARELY does a film or a movie engage me to this point. I have seen several Ken Loach films and I live in admiration of this artist/man, but yet I wasn't prepared for what I sat and watched. I give this 10 out of 10 and am shocked that it hasn't been recognised further by any awards society such as "The Bafta" and "Academy Awards".

Chrissy Rock, I take my hat off to you to have the guts to give all that you gave for your performance, the the actor that played "Jorge" . . you have delivered a standout performance. Ken Loach, you are my hero.

Indeed I stand by my title, possibly the most powerful and disturbing film every made. Magnificent. Ambitious. It delivers.


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