Too Late To Say Sorry (Film Thoughts: Sorry We Missed You)

large_sorry-posterKen Loach’s ‘Sorry We Missed You’ seemed very bleak initially that it turned me off instantly.  In these dark times of ours, why would we ever want to see something depressing? Loach’s movies have always been about working class struggles, and now he has made one about how one survives during the gig economy. Kris Hitchen plays Ricky, a father who starts working as an outside contractor for a delivery firm – they deliver parcels from the likes of Apple and Zara. You just know from the beginning that it is going to be a tough job – the hours are long, there is no benefit of any sort, and since you are a freelancer, you pay for everything. His wife is a home health aide who goes from house to house taking acre of elder patients. They have a troubled teenager of a son, and an adorable tween daughter. The job proves to be such a burden to the family that you can see each of them crack under pressure, and it is heartbreaking. Loach and screen writer Paul Laverty pack on the misery that the characters (and us, the audience) get drowned in all of it, without any bright light in sight. The film is devastating and powerful in so many ways, and the naturalistic style enhances its relatability. The film will make you feel like you are suffocating, and it is not a good feeling – but it’s undeniable that it’s important. You know how many times you order something and you get upset that a window of time passes by and your package still has not arrived? This film will make you kinder and gentler to those people.

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