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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 overview, first billed only:
... Maggie Conlan
Vladimir Vega ... Jorge
Sandie Lavelle ... Mairead
Mauricio Venegas ... Adrian
... 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
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Roger Ebert stated Crissy Rocks performance as 'Maggie' was the strongest of 1994. See more »

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Jorge: Sometime I find I don't want to belong to my country, don't want to miss it. I don't want to love it because I have no hope left, but you have to love something, or you are empty.
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References The Rose (1979) See more »

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A Hard Character To Feel Sorry For
15 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I've seen this film twice now,and although it can be argued that the character of Maggie is as much a victim of the system as her children,it's just really difficult to feel sorry for her.We have here a woman who has 5 children by 5 different fathers,continually makes bad choices in men and continues her cycle of abuse,has one son almost die in a tragic accident that is a direct result of her leaving them alone,and then can't understand why Social Services can't just stay out of her life and let her raise the rest of her children.The performances are top-notch here,but Maggie is more to be pitied for her lack of responsible behavior than anything else.


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