Cannes Review: ‘Sorry We Missed You’ is a Masterful Indictment of Out-of-Control Capitalism

Ken Loach’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or-winning I, Daniel Blake is a masterful indictment of the strain of out-of-control capitalism that has dug its heels into post-crash industrialized nations. Sorry We Missed You is, simply, one of his best films that links the personal and the political.

This is Loach’s 14th film in competition at Cannes, where his brand of social realism has found sustained success–he had previously won the Palme for his 2006 Irish civil war drama The Wind that Shakes the Barley. But even at 82 he’s producing some of the richest and most vital work of his career. I, Daniel Blake has an emotional richness, but this is an altogether more focused, more riveting work that lacks its predecessor’s occasional tendency to lurch into holier-than-thou didacticism.

Rather than focusing on the plight of a single individual, as was the case in his recent

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