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Ladybird, Ladybird [DVD]

Crissy Rock , Lily Farrell , Ken Loach    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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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 (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015N2YQ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,575 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Maybe I've got a lot to be sad about" 28 July 2011
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's like watching a Pogues song. 19 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
My fiance was compelled to watch this film in a law school class, & years later was compelled to look for it & watch it again. Ladybird Ladybird (fly away home, I guess) is an exhausting movie to watch: the violence & misery are relentless. It's as exhausting as listening to music by the Pogues; in fact, it's like watching a Pogues tune. A film like this could never be made in the USA; we USA'ers are too stupidly idealistic & naive. This should be must-see for social work students & social workers & maybe everyone in those so-called "helping professions!"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Painful and unrelenting 12 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Crissy Rock At Her Best! 31 July 2011
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ladybird ladyird 13 Jun 2011
By M. Peck
watching this dvd again was just as great as the first time .it is a true story that reaches your heart as you realise these things really do happen, sad,heart breaking,but survival till the end, 100% great watching.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars doesnt get the credit it deserves 7 Jan 2010
It may not be very popular, but this film is fantastic. I brought it as it was cheap, and it seemed like a pretty good film, and i was right.

Set in the north, the films follows a mothers' struggle to keep hold of her kids, after herself being abused by her partner in the past. The acting is flawless, and being based on a true story, made it an eye-opening experience for the struggles that some people go through

A must see for any film student, or sociology student!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this film very very sad and heart rending
Published 26 days ago by C. Mwero
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, But Gruelling
WARNING - might I suggest that anyone looking for some light-hearted, feelgood comedy steers well clear of Ken Loach's 1994 film, Ladybird Ladybird? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see for student social workers
Amazing, thought provoking film. Was advised to watch this film by a project that works with women in similar situation as her on the film.
Published 5 months ago by Pen Name
2.0 out of 5 stars A dark film
Even for Loach, this is a dark film which looks at the experiences of a mother whose children are repeatedly removed from her and taken into care. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike K
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really good read I like Chrissy rock and her life was interesting funny and so tragic. Buy it you will not be disappointed
Published 6 months ago by P. Chidwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladybird Ladybird directed by Ken Loach
This film is based on actual events in the UK and relates the several interventions by a local social services department and the judicial system in the family life of a mother and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss B
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
i bought this dvd for a family member. they had seen a snippet of it somewhere and asked if i could look on internet to see if it was for sale. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding film, very true to life
This DVD was excellent, the actors played a very good parts especially Crissy rock,this had me on the edge of my seat, some times in tears
Published 10 months ago by mrs d mcquillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladybird, ladybird
Prompt service. I haven't watched this film yet but anticipate it to be another brilliant, gritty British drama with my favourite actors starring.
Published 11 months ago by Miss St.C
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOCKING EVEN TODAY
Great dramatic film brilliantly acted with scenes which will , even today, shock. Great film which shows Chrissy Rock to her best and Ray Winstone early on... Read more
Published 11 months ago by peter williams
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