date festival


Ken Loach

The Angels' Share

Ken Loach
2012 - United Kingdom / France - 1h41

Screenings : monday 22 - 2:00 pm - Centre de congrès - Auditorium - presented by Louis Mathieu - enseignant tuesday 23 - 8:30 pm - Grand Théâtre
12-year-old Billy Casper lives in a Yorkshire mining town. He mother does little to care for him and he is picked on relentlessly by his older brother, Jud. At school, Billy is absent-minded and undisciplined, surrounded by classmates and teachers who are more hostile than they are friendly. One day, he finds a kestrel he names Kes.
Ken Loach turns his hand to comedy! “Light, funny and almost optimistic, The Angels' Share marks a turning point in the career of a filmmaker more accustomed to depicting the darkness and descent into hell of a sacrificed generation. (...) Set against a wondrous backdrop, the story takes on added depth. The arrival at the legendary Balbair distillery literally opens Robbie's horizons. The magic of whisky does the rest. Between the vats, casks and stills, Robbie is struck by a flash of genius: taking advantage of the evaporation of whisky over the years, known as “the angels' share”. The idea? To impersonate a club of whisky enthusiasts to break into Balbair's cellars and steal a vintage single malt whisky. A modern-day Robin Hood, Robbie negotiates his happy ending with Thaddeus, a whisky expert and dealer. In exchange for a booty estimated at several million, he has just one demand: a steady job, a van and a cottage for his family to live in (...). Non-professional actors, improvisation and spontaneity bring the film the freshness of a youth haunted by the will to win. Funny and moving, The Angels' Share humorously and gently underlines the humanism of a great filmmaker.” (Estelle Charles;

Cast : Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland, William Ruane, Jasmin Riggins
Screenplay : Paul Laverty
Cinematography : Robbie Ryan
Editing : Jonathan Morris
Music : George Fenton

Production : Entertainment One, Sixteen Films, Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch

French distributor : Le Pacte