The Angels’ Share

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The Angels’ Share
United Kingdom, 2012, 101 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Belgium, Italy
Topics: Comedy, Crime
Program: Modern Masters
Language: English

Awards: Winner: Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival; Best Actor (Paul Brannigan), Best Writer, BAFTA Scotland

A Ken Loach comedy? That’s not as much of a surprise at it first sounds for anyone who has seen Riff-Raff, for example. Here he again exchanges his hard-hitting socio-political critiques for humor with a delightfully old-fashioned, breezy caper-comedy, about a scheming Scottish youngster and his mates determined to break into a distillery and make off with some pricey malt whisky.

Robbie (newcomer Paul Brannigan), completing a sentence of community service for some minor criminal activity, comes under the tutelage of good-hearted supervisor Harry (John Henshaw). When Harry, a whisky lover, decides to instill a little Scottish pride in Robbie and his fellow malcontents by making them aware of their venerable heritage, his choice of field trip is clear: the local distillery. Robbie displays a surprisingly discerning nose for the good stuff and when he discovers that distilleries make allowances for evaporation — the “angels’ share” — an idea begins to brew: why not, quite literally, skim a little off the top of a premium cask and sell it to an unscrupulous buyer?

Winner: Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival; Best Actor, Best Screenplay, BAFTA Scotland; Audience Award, San Sebastian Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Ken Loach
Producer: Rebecca O'Brien
Editor: Jonathan Morris
Screenwriter: Paul Laverty
Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan
Music: George Fenton
Principal Cast: Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland, William Ruane, Jasmin Riggins, Roger Allam
Filmography: Route Irish (2010), It's a Free World... (2007), The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), Bread and Roses (2000), My Name Is Joe (1998), Land and Freedom (1995), Kes (1969)
Print Source: Sundance Selects - www.sundanceselects.com


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