Sorry we missed you – Movie Review – A captivating yet poignant tale on the life of a delivery worker and his family

Note: A great person once said “everything is a spoiler ” if you believe in that theory, spoilers ahead!!!

Sorry we missed you is directed by English filmmaker Ken Loach and written by screen writer Paul Laverty. It is set in New castle (North east England) and is about Ricky and his family who were the victims of the 2008 Global financial crisis. The movie starts with him signing up for a franchise as a self employed delivery guy. “You don’t work for us, you work with us!” says Maloney, his manager, just like every one of us who heard these lines, Ricky in excitement sells his wife, Abby’s car to finance his delivery van. Abby who works as a contract nurse, has to visit all her clients now by public transport. Their children in the constant absence of their parents create their own menace. How Ricky and Abby keep up with this is what follows by in this working class – dysfunctional family drama.

What’s great about this film is how it captures the lives of this working class family. Each of them has their own struggles outside the home and all of them carry that baggage home. Ricky has customers who are very mean to him sometimes; He even gets into fight with one of them. A colleague of his hands him a plastic bottle, when Ricky asks what for he says that sometimes they don’t even get time to use the pee. This shows the awful realities in the lives of the working class. Abby has to take care of her clients who are old and in a pathetic state. She cares for these old people and is genuinely affectionate to them. She doesn’t even have time to take care of her children because of the job.

Their smart daughter Liza takes care of her elder brother Seb, wakes him up and persuades him to go to school. But Seb has better things to do, like going out with friends and doing graffiti on the billboards; branding he calls it. He doesn’t believe in the system, don’t want to further his studies to a university giving reason that he doesn’t want to end up in debts like his dad. All four of them have to meet and have a meal once in a blue moon and even then they start dropping their emotional baggage on each other and end up fighting with each other. This family is troubled internally and external factors like their jobs, the system, capitalism and struggles add more to their battle. So, instead of fighting together they end up fighting with each other. They do have a bit of fun though, but their jobs decide to ruin their moments of fun too. In short they don’t even have time to breath.

The congested visuals of their home and the wide open yet trapped setting of the town are shot brilliantly by Robbie Ryan. This film carries a documentary like feel with it because of the cinematography. The performance by the lead actor Kris Hitchen makes you feel relatable to this guy and sometimes lets you into his mind and the suppression he feels just by being a piece of gear which is required for the system to run. We can feel his helplessness, sadness, and little moments of joy as if they are ours. We root for him to succeed. But this film just like the realities of life hits the bitter tone as it proceeds. There is a point when you feel helpless seeing him like that and troubled, especially if you have experienced the struggles of a working class life.

There is a monologue delivered by the actress Debbie Honeywood which made the whole theatre clap and that makes you go awe about her performance. In the end she stands with her husband and supports him, but by that time they are knee deep into debts and literally become slaves of capitalism.

This film not just captures your attention and engages you, but makes you heavy hearted and hits hard with its ending. It makes you appreciate the working class and be kind to them; this message is not vocal yet implied to us at the end.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sai says:

    Good sai,keep going.


    1. iasragas says:

      Thank you! It means a lot to me.


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