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It's a Free World... (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 February 2008 (USA)
After being fired from her job, Angie teams up with her flatmate to find employment for immigrants.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kierston Wareing ... Angie
Juliet Ellis ... Rose
Leslaw Zurek ... Karol
Joe Siffleet Joe Siffleet ... Jamie
Colin Coughlin Colin Coughlin ... Geoff
Maggie Russell Maggie Russell ... Cathy (as Maggie Hussey)
Raymond Mearns ... Andy
Davoud Rastgou ... Mahmoud
Mahin Aminnia Mahin Aminnia ... Mahin, Mahmoud's Wife
Shadeh Kavousian Shadeh Kavousian ... Shadeh, daughter of Mahmoud and Mahin
Sheeva Kavousian Sheeva Kavousian ... Sheeva, daughter of Mahmoud and Mahin
Frank Gilhooley ... Derek
David Doyle David Doyle ... Tony
Eddie Webber Eddie Webber ... Company Director
Johnny Palmiero ... Company Director
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Angie gets the sack from a recruitment agency for bad behaviour in public. Seizing the chance, she teams up with her flatmate, Rose, to run a similar business from their kitchen. With immigrants desperate to work the opportunities are considerable, particularly for two girls so in tune with these times. Written by anonymous

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The movie Angela and Jamie are watching whilst waiting for the pizza to be delivered is Dog Soldiers (2002). See more »

Quotes

Karol: You know the old saying? Never return a favour, pass it on.
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Crazy Credits

"The dozens of foreign workers and grey workers who shared their stories but do not want to be named." See more »

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Journey through a Urban Jungle
18 August 2010 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

When single mother Angie is fired from her job at an employment agency, she teams up with flat-mate Rose, and they venture into London's black market economy. They supply illegal immigrant labor to sweatshops and construction projects, before expanding into providing accommodation for her workers at exploitative rents. When Rose starts feeling queasy about the amorality of their schemes, Angie bamboozles her with empty promises of improved behavior in the future.

Writer Paul Laverty creates a credible and complex character, as his protagonist ruthlessly exploits society's victims, but later surrenders to a compassionate impulse and helps a family of Iranian political refugees. Angie's life becomes a catalogue of broken relationships, betrayals and brushes with authority, until her back-alley empire eventually implodes. Her journey can be seen as a metaphor of Britain's colonial rapaciousness and its repercussions, when retribution arrives in the form of shadowy individuals seeking payback. The gritty story is complemented by an excellent cast, and a break-out performance from Kierston Wareing as Angie. Needless to say, Ken Loach navigates through this seedy netherworld with his customary skill, but it's a rough ride through a bleak landscape.


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