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My Name Is Joe


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  • Actors: Peter Mullan, David Hayman, Louise Goodall
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: BIM
  • Run Time: 105.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056XH7ZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,698 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Joe è un proletario dall'aria sorridente, che ha superato la sua dipendenza dall'alcol e si dà da fare con un'energia inesauribile per la scalcagnata squadra di calcio che allena nel quartiere più disgraziato di Glasgow. La vita sembra farsi più dolce quando Joe incontra Sarah, un'assistente sociale appena un pelo sopra di lui nella scala sociale...

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. A. D. Plowman VINE VOICE on 19 July 2008
Format: DVD
"My Name Is Joe" is a typically gritty, unflinching Ken Loach movie from 1998. It stars the excellent Peter Mullan, who gives an amiable performance as recovering alcoholic JOE.

This Glasgow-set story concerns Joe's blossoming relationship with a good-natured social worker named Sarah. The initial harmony of this relationship is soon put under pressure due to Joe's feelings of responsibility for his friend Liam. Liam, you see, has a history of heroin abuse and as a consequence a gang of drug dealing thugs are constantly darkening his door. When Joe learns that Liam is in debt (to the tune of thousands of pounds), his benevolent nature comes to the fore and Joe feels that he has no option but to help his friend. As a result, his relationship with Sarah is threatened and Joe ultimately feels the lure of booze returning to throttle him. The film's climax does not make for easy viewing...

"My Name Is Joe" is one of Ken Loach's most revered movies, and it's easy to see why. Loach is a director who always strives for realism, and it must be said that movies don't come much more "warts 'n' all" than this one. In fact, this movie is frequently so realistic it's actually painful to watch. There is a twitchy heroin-shooting scene that could accurately be described as stomach-churning. There is also a graphic suicide scene which is, frankly, almost UNBEARABLE to watch. Is this movie light-hearted fun for all the family? Erm...no.

That said, there are still moments of humour in this movie to cut through the darkness (mainly involving Joe's hapless football team of delinquents). Be warned, however, that this is far from being a comedy and could leave many viewers feeling emotionally drained. Is it a film to fall in love with? NO. Is it a film to be admired? MOST DEFINITELY.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2000
Format: DVD
This gritty film by Ken Loach is Loach at his best, his excellent direction is matched superbly by Peter Mullan's acting as the lead in this story on Glaswegian life. The film deals with delicate issues of drugs and a crap football team, features central to Scottish lifestyle. If you want a film that gives you realism as you want and expect there is none better than Ken Loach and none better than "My name is joe". This is definitely one of the best British films of the last couple of years!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 16 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
My Name is Joe and I am an alcoholic

I am a Ken Loach fan as I liked all the old plays for today in the sixties which were slices of life. This film is certainly that as we follow Joe who is a recovering alcoholic.

There are some funny incidents as when the football club of unemployed turn up in filthy West German football kits. They have to change them as the opposition want to be Germany.

Franz Beckenbauer a fat bold player objects by saying But I have always been Beckenbauer

The referee says if you are Franz Beckenbauer I am the tooth fairy.

After more objections he says

Well Franz you are going to have to change your strip. They do by going topless.

The language is raw but so are the living conditions.

Joe meets and fancies a health worker Sarah. In a very moving section she asks why he gave up drinking. he said he didn't want to tell her as she might hate him.

He ended up beating up his girlfriend and later claiming that he had been drunk but he hadn't. as a result he gave up drink.

He is now on the straight and narrow but he decided to help Liam who owes money to gangsters. Joe decides to help by doing a drug run.

Sarah finds out which breaks their relationship. Things go from bad to worse with fatal consequences for Liam.

The ending is sad but you have a glimmer of hope that they will find each other.

A gritty realistic film which shows people who are in the mire and that they can't necessarily get out of it.

It is filmed like a documentary and you could easily believe that these people are not actors. A good film but some might not like its grim realism.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 April 2009
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"My Name is Joe" was a very fast 100 minutes for me, so it's fair to say that I enjoyed it. The basic story is that Joe is an unemployed recovering alcoholic who meets up with a local health visitor (Sarah) and romance blossoms. However in the world of an inner city Glasgow housing estate - with poverty, deprivation, drugs, and other associated factors such as organised crime, the romance is not straightforward.

This is a hard-hitting film. It contains strong language from the very outset, violence and even intravenous drug use. There are moral undertones though - such as just how hard it is to turn your life around when the spiral and the socio-economic odds are so heavily stacked against you.

Overall, this is a very watchable movie. There are also 28 minutes of extras in the form of interviews with the cast and the director. If you're not Scottish you might just need to put your subtitles on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
The name Ken Loach is synonymous with films which have a realism unparalleled by any other major director.

This film is set in Scotland (council estates obviously, this IS a Ken Loach film!) and tells the story of a recovering alcoholic, Joe.

I'd love to discuss some of the plot but I think I might give things away. This is a very personal journey and it would be unfair of me to spoil it.

All I'll say is that Joe has had a dodgy past but finally finds his life in a stable condition. He is a sober, moral man who becomes involved in a situation which compromises his ethics - but feels he has no choice.

This is perfectly acted, and feels so real that I was desperate to know the fate of the characters. Once the film finishes, those characters *still* seem real and maybe thats because to a large extent, they are.

Loach manages yet again to capture the essence of real humanity, this doesn't feel rehearsed, this doesn't feel scripted (and much of it probably isn't), it doesn't even feel acted - this is a real corner of humanity.
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