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They don't come harder hitting than this,
This review is from: Sweet Sixteen [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The plot of 'Sweet Sixteen' is pure Loach; a no-holds-barred account of the hardships faced by protagonist Liam as he tries to get by in Greenock, Scotland while his Mum is in jail and her boyfriend shows nothing but disdain for him. As usual, Loach portrays the situation with his trademark candour and succeeds in uniting the audience behind Liam despite the ever deepening web of crime he himself gets trapped in as a result his desire to build a better life for his Mum when she comes out of jail.
This is a stark account of a dog-eat-dog world of betrayal in which innocence is the first victim. The message of the film is plain for all to see and no attempt is made to temper the incredible power that it contains. Unlike many of his films there is none of the pitch-black humour that Loach uses to break the tension. This is in no way a film for the faint hearted and anyone expecting a sugar-sweet ending should stay well away. Those who do buy the film will be gripped and taken with Loach and Liam on a white knuckle emotional roller-coaster ride all the way to the wonderfully intricate finale.