You can literally purchase any film directed by Ken Loach and you just know that you are going to get quality. Whilst 'Riff-Raff' (1991) may not be my personal favourite, it is certainly no exception.
It stars the talented Robert Carlyle (I regard this as one of his finest performances) who plays Stevie, a Glaswegian construction worker who has spent time in prison, and his girlfriend Susan (Emer McCourt), an unemployed pop singer. Also worthy of note is Ricky Tomlinson who is on top form here as Liverpudlian Larry, a work friend of Stevie and a staunch Labour supporter. Like a lot of Ken's films, the characters in this movie are easy to relate to, they are just simple, good, hard-working people who have their dreams and strong principles.
'Riff Raff' brilliantly and realistically portrays the living conditions of the British poor class. Like all Loach films, it's gritty, it has a meaning, but there is also a real sense of warmth, inspiration and a good deal of humour as well.
I watched this on a Sunday afternoon and really enjoyed it. Recommended for any fan of British film.