See what happens when American money is invested in quality. Ken Loach directs a wonderful, understated and poignant film, based on true events. The largely unknown cast (though including the Oscar-winning Adrien Brody, in another fine performance, but not quite as good as his Oscar acceptance speech - whatever you thought about the war, it was good to see the advertisers being made to wait while he said his piece!)adds to the feeling that these are real people with very real problems, which is perhaps, difficult to achieve with iconic actors involved. Despite the fact that they are unknown, however, there is not a bad performance to be found, and its one 'star', Brody, shows that his Oscar was no fluke with a well-balanced performance.
Fantastic. On a side note, it would be nice, if only for the challenge of it, to see Loach create at least one film divorced from his socialist ideals, but then why should he, if he doesn't want to and can provide films of the quality of this?