7 October 2002 | Classybird
I felt like I had been punched after I watched this film - it is one of the most powerful movies I have seen in a long time.
This is Ken Loach at his very best, with a wonderful script from Paul Laverty. A tragic, bittersweet tale of a young boys hope and optimism crushed by his uncaring family and the harsh world in which he lives. Despite the fact that this film is a tragedy, it is also very sweet, with some touching moments and a great deal of humour. There is also hope of a sort - the central character Liam has an older sister who cares about him deeply and is always there for him.
The acting is stellar, it is shot with finesse and all in all is a masterful piece of film making. See this.