Maureen has her hands full at home and can't take care of her father William, who may be suffering from Alzheimer's. Her brothers - Alun, an alcoholic trumpet player, and John, an insensitive businessman - don't really want to help. William, a lifelong socialist, feels angry and resentful towards the British government which has abandoned him in his old age. Having been persuaded by his children to buy a council house in the booming 80s, he discovers that this selfsame government, which made such a virtue of home ownership some ten years earlier, now expects him to sell the property in order to pay for his care. Isolated in old age, Williams secretly decides to put into action a plan to get back at the system. Written by
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Official submission of the United Kingdom for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 74th Academy Awards in 2002. See more
The police car that chases the conductor's stolen car through Cardiff carries UK national police high visibility livery (aka 'battenburg'). The film is set in 1997, and though one or two UK police forces had began rolling it in by then, South Wales Police (who police Cardiff) did not introduce it until about 1999/2000, so would still have been using their regional livery at the time (a band consisting of a two-tier red and white check). See more