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It's A Free World [DVD]

Kierston Wareing , Juliet Ellis , Ken Loach    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kierston Wareing, Juliet Ellis, Leslaw Zurek, Ken Loach
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJH8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,174 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It's a Free World, the latest collaboration from the Palme d’Or winning director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien is a drama rooted in the world of illegal employment in contemporary Britain. The story follows ill-educated Angie, who is tired of being messed around by her chauvinistic bosses at the recruitment agency where she finds Polish workers low paid jobs in the UK. When she walks out of her job, she has a point to prove to all those who know her. Angie begins work in a twilight zone between gang masters and employment agencies in a tale set against the background of flexible labour, globalisation, double shifts and lots of happy, happy consumers.

It’s a Free World was awarded the Best Screenplay at the 2007 Venice Film Festival and Loach and team won the coveted Palme d’Or in Cannes last year for The Wind that Shakes the Barley, which went on to be his most successful ever UK release. The DVD includes fantastic ‘extra’ material, including an exclusive Director’s Commentary by Ken Loach.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The story of two women who set up a recruitment business from their kitchen table and employ illegal immigrants to work for them. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, British Independent Film Awards, Venice Film Festival, ...It's a Free World... ( En un mundo libre... ) ( Es ist eine freie Welt )

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I saw this film in the cinema then decided to buy it to show my students who are learning English and studying Humanities. I find it thought provoking and so did my students. Students abroad all too often receive a picture of the UK as 'red buses or fish and chips' so this film helps to dispel some of those myths, as well as making the students think about what happens in their own countries with immigrant workers. I found the subtitles were essential because of the realism of the filming and dialogue. I would have liked to know for sure before purchase that subtitles were available - and in English, although, to be fair, they usually are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timely exploration of immigration and identity 29 Mar 2012
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For better or for worse, Ken Loach has always been one of British cinema's most socially conscious filmmakers. In 'It's a Free World...', Loach casts his eye on the employment of foreign workers (some legal, some otherwise) in present-day Britain. The film centers around an employment agency set up by Angie (a fantastic Kierston Waering) a young single mother unfairly sacked from her job finding work for Polish workers, and her friend Rose (Juliet Ellis), a University graduate tired of her dead-end job. They begin offering manual labour to unemployed emigrants, but, keen to increase their cash flow and keep their workforce from making demands upon them, Angie gets involved in the murky world of employing illegal immigrants. Rose becomes troubled by the risks, and gradually, things begin to falter around them. The tale is told with a sombre accuracy and commendable lack of schmalzy sentimentality by Loach (at least outside of a few incidents in the film's latter half), and Wareing, Ellis, and Leslaw Jurek - as Angie's romantic part-time boyfriend Karol - all put in superb displays.

Though the film as a whole is both unflinchingly truthful and raises important questions over identity, dignity, and the 'true' worth of money, there are a few missteps in the film. Loach lays the melodrama on rather thickly during the last half hour (though that's not to say this part of the film isn't moving), and the film does drag a little in places. Elsewhere, Loach fails to fill out a few reasonably promising characters, such as Angie's father; supportive, yet increasingly worried by her decision making. Still, this is a thought provoking, often gripping, and expertly acted work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good. 14 Jan 2008
By Donaldo
This is certainly one of Loach's better recent films. I wouldn't say it is brilliant, but there isn't anyone else out there making interesting, challenging and intelligent political films at the moment.

In terms of the script, the selection of the main character is really what turns the film from a boring also-ran into something quite clever. Angie is very much a modern woman - independent, perhaps not too academically smart but certain not stupid and prepared to work hard and ambitious for herself and her son - particularly given the Dad's utter uselessness. Very much one of Thatcher's children, her experience in the workplace is of people screwing her over - so the only way to get ahead is to do the same to others. To do this, she starts up an agency paying `starvation' wages to illegal immigrants. She justifies this to herself as doing them a favour - at least she is getting them employment.

It's a convincing, compelling performance, an accurate portrayal of a modern mindset - socially liberal, but politically only self-interested. It's done well that we both sympathise and revile Angie's behaviour. Without a character as carefully crafted as Angie - this film would be pretty dull and predictable. It certainly allows the film to rise considerably above the average.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This is a film which should be viewed by all the Daily Mail readers who think that all this country's problems are caused by immigrants and Asylum seekers.

This film shows how the poor folks who enter this country are treated, how they are effectively treated as slaves on a "starvation wage". Exploiters think the exploited should be thankful for what they've got.

This is the true picture of the immigration situation in the UK. Immigrants don't sponge from this country - unscrupulous business men exploit them in the most demoralising ways. The film deals with this from an interesting angle; a woman who has been 'screwed over' in every job she is in. After being fired from an agency who entice foreign workers into the UK on the back of false promises of a regular wage, she decides to set up her own agency. Angie is a single mother, hard working, she wants the best for her son. But she too exploits the foreign workers and coins it in whilst they go for weeks without receiving a wage.

Things aren't black and white in this film - you empathise with Angie and are desperate for her to come up on top. But you also want her to get her comeuppance for adding to the problems of desperate people and treating them as her business assets rather than human beings. Things get ugly for her, but the violence and also compassion by those who seek vengeance adds to the fullness of this film.

I personally have always been a left-wing thinker and supported the plight of the foreigners who are mistreated, abused, and used as a hate vehicle by the media. This film will hopefully open the eyes of those who think that 'Johnny Foreigner' is coming over here and 'stealing our jobs', a massive tabloid fallacy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom has a high price.
This is a powerful eye opener of a film. Set in contemporary England, this film lays bare migrant worker situation in Britain from the angle of someone running a twilight... Read more
Published 15 days ago by pipnuts
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
even though I dont live in the UK anymore, this movie reminded me of some experiences as a foreign low paid worker! Excellent actors, very close to reality. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2009 by sufferkate
3.0 out of 5 stars Neither challenges our collective assumptions nor presents new insight
This is the second film I've seen recently tackling the hot topics of immigration and exploitation, the other being Lorna's Silence. Read more
Published on 29 July 2008 by Eclectic Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful: this is a biting Ken Loach
That film has to be seen all over the world. It shows how in our globalized world the migration of people is perfectly organized and managed outside all legality with the... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2008 by Jacques COULARDEAU
3.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity missed
Making a female gangmaster the protagonist certainly provides It's a Free World with a complex and challenging perspective, but ultimately lets the film down as we feel no bond... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2007 by Stephen Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars The price is right... really?
An engaging but uncomfortable insight into the fate of desperate migrant workers coming into the UK - those without identity papers are such easy targets for exploitation. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2007 by A. Champion
5.0 out of 5 stars NO WAY BACK
There are few very truly English films in this country and I am glad to add one more to their list ( "Billy Elliot", "Dirty Pretty things", "Secrets and Lies" , "Remains of the... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2007 by Bella Stone
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