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The contradictions of contemporary capitalism
Friday, September 27th, 2019

In Sorry We Missed You, the film that he is presenting in Perlak, Ken Loach once again focuses on the political issues that have provided the main inspiration throughout his career. In his latest film he delves into the negative effects of what is referred to as “the sharing economy,” in which workers give up benefits such as holidays and sick pay. “In any case the workers themselves are the first to accept a situation like this and are often unsupportive of their colleagues. This is what happens at first to Ricky, the main character in our film.”

Asked to define his attitude to his characters, he describes it in one word: solidarity, and he stresses that he shares this sense of respect with his scriptwriter and producer. As for the impression that British filmmakers are much less socially committed than in the past, he explains that they grew up in a period when the common good was a concept that was deeply-rooted in society but that Thatcherism put an end to this.


 

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