Aug 22, 2005

Raining Stones (1993)

In Ken Loach's masterpiece, among my Top 10 Best Films of the 1990's, a working-class man takes on a variety of odd jobs in order to buy a dress for his daughter's first communion. This is classic Loach- it dares to make us laugh at the foibles in this situation that is really no laughing matter, yet it is still responsible and dramatic when it needs to be. As always, Loach peoples his cast with unknown actors to lend a bit of authenticity to his gritty tale, with thick English accents that your ear eventually accustoms itself to. Plus, there is a sequence with the town loan shark that is absolutely terrifying. For my money, this is the finest achievement by a man who has had more than his share of superb films.

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