Director Ken Loach teams once again with I, Daniel Blake screenwriter Paul Laverty for another powerful indictment of the capitalist forces shaping modern Britain. No one else is making films with the urgency of Loach, and the performances here have a raw honesty that cuts to the humanity of complex political problems.
Ricky is dreaming of better things for his family when he becomes a delivery van driver. But as an ‘independent contractor’, he’s working in unsparing conditions, just like his wife Abbie, a care nurse on a zero hours contract. Living like this means that they’re pushed to the brink, and their world falls apart when their teenage son is starts to go off the rails.