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A Great Ken Loach Film
on 30 July 2012
'Raining Stones' is yet another very good film from Ken Loach. It could be described as a gritty comedy. It stars Bruce Jones (Coronation Street's Les Battersby) who is on top form as Bob Williams, a father who needs the money to buy his little girl a wedding dress, shoes, veil and gloves for her first communion. There are many funny situations throughout the movie concerning Bob and how he tries to make up the cash. His best friend Tommy (played by Ricky Tomlinson) is also out of work and just as desperate for money. I laughed at one way that they managed to make a few quid, by stealing the turf from the local Conservative Party club grounds.
It isn't all laughs however, in desperation, Bob ends up borrowing money from the local loan sharks, and things begin to go downhill. There are some rather confrontational scenes towards the end, brilliantly directed by Ken Loach.
'Raining Stones' is a convincing and natural story, both touching and engaging. Bruce Jones was presented with the European Actors Award for his performance in this movie, an award that was fully deserved.