Bob Williams is one of many unemployed in his area and faced with doing cash-in-hand work and odd jobs to keep his family's heads above water. Regardless of his and his wife's hardships they are both committed Catholics. His daughter is having her first communion and Bob wants her to fit in with the others meaning a new dress and shoes which will total about £100. His attempts to raise the money mostly brings very small reward and frustration. Meanwhile his luck runs nothing but bad and his van is stolen limiting his ability to pick up jobs and get around. As his debts rise, so do his troubles and his desperation.The type of film that Ken Loach made his name directing, this film is a touching and natural ode to the spirit of the poor man. The plot is not so much a typical day in the life as a dramatic piece that follows the downward spiral of Bob as a representation of how life on the breadline is one challenge after another. In Bob's life an one-off ex…
Having just watched this film, I found the similarities between it and the UK TV Series ‘Shameless’ amazing. The depiction of the working class as opportunist thieves taking what the can to sell for whatever they can is not a new concept I suspect.Raining Stones is the most upbeat and funniest of Loach’s films which I have seen. When Bob and Tommy steal the sheep from the moors at the beginning of the film I was wetting myself. Then they went to sell the meat in the local pub and I nearly died. That is my local pub, these people really exist. Classic.The film is also about one man’s struggle to maintain his masculinity as a working class male in Britain at a time when there was no work for labourers. The decline of the manufacturing industries has had a massive impact on the working class in Britain and changed the way they can earn a living and provide for their families. Many are forced to live off the state and to be honest, the money wouldn’t feed a chicken let alone a family who …
Christ this film is set in Middleton, pretty much where I live. I remember seeing this when I was about 10 years old and being taken aback at it’s accuracy. Everything about it is working-class Manchester, portrayed objectively for the most part. Mancunians appreciate honesty, self mockery and self reflection. My dad and my brother both like this film and I can see why – they’re part of it in a sense, as am I. It’s not all about struggling to pay the rent, queueing up in the dole office and chugging through the drizzle ridden streets in a Ford Transit – it’s about looking at your own life and your own culture being represented by a director who tries to keep things as organic as possible. It’s about recognising your environment, where you have come from.
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