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A Way of Life (2004)

 -  Drama  -  12 November 2004 (UK)
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At 17 LeighAnne Williams has a six month old baby to look after, with only the help of three teenage squatters who flog stolen gear to make ends meet. A neighbour (actually from Turkey) ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie James ...
Leigh-Anne Williams
Gary Sheppeard ...
Robbie Matthews
Nathan Jones ...
Gavin Williams
Dean Wong ...
Stephen Rajan
Sara Lloyd-Gregory ...
Julie Osman (as Sara Gregory)
Oliver Haden ...
Hassan Osman
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Annette
Eli Williams ...
Rebecca Williams
Darcy Williams ...
Rebecca Williams
Lynsey Richards ...
Helen
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Social Worker
Amy Morgan ...
Karen Williams
Gareth Gethyn Evans ...
Evin
Philip Howe ...
Jacob
Ri Richards ...
Brenda Williams
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At 17 LeighAnne Williams has a six month old baby to look after, with only the help of three teenage squatters who flog stolen gear to make ends meet. A neighbour (actually from Turkey) across the street becomes target to her growing paranoia that Social Services are going to take her daughter, Rebecca, away from her. Her behavior becoming increasingly desperate as her delusions over her neighbor grow. She convinces Steven, Gavin, and Robbie he needs a lesson. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Solid, disturbing portrait of poverty and despair in Wales
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Makes some trenchant and powerful points about racism, and the way the poor are often turned against each other. Nicely shot, and mostly well acted.

That said, it's become a fairly familiar story, and this reminded me of a lot of other films.

Also, as good as the performances often were, I kept being naggingly aware I was watching actors doing a very good job 'acting like' poor, uneducated people. Especially with the young lead, -- I felt just the slightest hint she was playing 'down' to her character.

I did appreciate the lack of softening the edges of these characters to make them 'likable'.

I'll still take this kind of socially aware, intense film over 99% of what's out there, even with any flaws.


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