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  • Actors: Crissy Rock, Lily Farrell, Vladimir Vega, Scottie Moore, Ray Winstone
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Producers: Sally Hibbin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015N2YQ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,153 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ken Loach's Silver Berlin Bear 1996 winner, Ladybird, Ladybird, inspired by real events, is an emotional love story.

The story of Maggie and Jorge and their struggle to have a family. Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still haunts her. She finds it difficult to escape the image that is described in her official records. Ladybird, Ladybird is an emotional and harrowing story of a woman's fight to keep her children and her relationship intact.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2011
Format: DVD
Ken Loach films always feel real, and as this is based on a true story the poignancy is enhanced and you can't help but feel that this is a fairly honest portrayal of Maggie - the mother whose instabilities lead to her lose her children.

The film starts with an introduction, the beginnings of a new relationship between Maggie and Jorge as they meet at a pub karaoke. Sensing her sadness he asks about her life and the film makes good use of flashbacks to ensure that we fully understand the situation she now finds herself in. Thinking back to her childhood she remembers her father beating her mother as she stands crying. The image of a child stood sobbing as her mother is being kicked to the floor is incredibly disturbing, especially when it looks so real. History repeats itself when we see Maggie's ex-boyfriend punching her to the ground and shouting abuse as her own four children witness the attack, it's the first of many which lead to her moving to a refuge with the kids and eventual involvement by social services. The family is finally torn apart when a fire in the flat leaves her eldest son badly burnt after she leaves them locked in while she goes out.

There's a duality to Ladybird Ladybird; flashbacks make up a large portion of the film and tell Maggie's backstory in a fragmented but comprehensible way, we learn early on that her children were taken away, then we understand why, and then we see her current life with partner Jorge and witness the massive impact that her past has on their relationship. As with many other Loach films this has an unpolished look which gives it a `fly-on-the-wall' quality, it's perhaps fitting that a drama based on a true story looks more like a documentary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2011
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Crissy Rock gave the performance of her life in this gritty Ken Loach directed movie from 1994.

'Ladybird Ladybird' is based on a true story of a woman's seemingly endless fight with Social Services over the care of her children.

The movie's main character is Maggie (Crissy Rock), a single parent born and bread in Liverpool with four children, all of whom were to different fathers. Maggie has a history of getting into bad relationships. Her ex-boyfriend Simon (Ray Winstone) violently abused her causing her to run away; but the social services, concerned about her children after a home fire occurred when Maggie was away at the pub, resulting in one of the children becoming seriously injured, took them away from her and put them into foster care. When Maggie meets a gentle refugee called Jorge (Vladimir Vega), she feels that she might finally have a chance of happiness, the couple try for a baby, only for Maggie to be devastated by the Social Services once more.

This is a really touching film, a harrowing story of one woman's fight to win back her babies despite the odds. I regard this as one of Ken Loach's greatest movies and as for Crissy Rock's award-winning acting in it, I think Ken summed it up the best when he said: "I cannot think of anyone I have worked with who shines more brightly than Crissy Rock."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2000
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British director Ken Loach's 1993 film is so painful and unrelenting that it's nearly unwatcheable, but this is a credit to him and the warts -and-all screenplay by Rona Munro. It tells the tragic story of Maggie (Crissy Rock), a working class mother victimised by the Social Services child welfare who take her children from her. She meets a refugee, Jorge (Vladimir Vega) and he manages to bring some happiness to her life. Loach approaches the film like a documentary and even though we are told it is based on a true story, the culmination of drama is almost unbelievable. This approach applies to Rock as well. We never see her "acting" or strike a false note and she isn't afraid to show or edit Maggie's self-destructive behaviour. The image that stayed with me was the final one of Maggie and Jorge's hands clinging to one another. Not for the faint-hearted or those on Government benefits.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 April 2014
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WARNING - might I suggest that anyone looking for some light-hearted, feelgood comedy steers well clear of Ken Loach's 1994 film, Ladybird Ladybird? Now I know some people might say that anything by Loach is always going to be tough going, but, though all the great man's films undoubtedly have a (political) 'point' (a reason for making them, if you like), most also feature great comedic moments (Kes, Riff-Raff and The Angels' Share, being good examples). Ladybird Ladybird's (real-life) tale of Crissy Rock's 'single' mother of four, Maggie, and her battle to keep her offspring from the clutches of Social Services, however, is almost entirely 'bare' of such lighter moments - in fact, the only film I can think of (off the top of my head) that is even 'tougher', and more traumatic, would be Gary Oldman's Nil By Mouth.

That is not to say, however, that Ladybird Ladybird is without merit - it is a powerful piece of film-making with a similar mood (of a protagonist fighting against the odds) to the likes of Raining Stones, My Name Is Joe and Sweet Sixteen - though, for me, not as good as these other Loach films. And its tale of parents 'fighting' the authorities to keep custody of their children is as relevant now as it was 20 years ago (or, indeed, 50 years ago, as Ladybird Ladybird can also be seen as something of an updating of Loach's ground-breaking Cathy Come Home).
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