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One of the films of the year - British, English or otherwise,
This review is from: This Is England (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Much as I liked Dead Man's Shoes, it was effectively a brilliantly made genre piece - terrifying and moving but a step away from the naturalism which had characterised director Shane Meadows' best work.
This is England is as gripping, heartfelt and well-realised as its predecessor, but cuts deeper in a way that is both specific to these characters (particularly young Shaun, played by the mesmerising Thomas Turgoose) while also acting as a broader comment on issues of belonging, community and national identity which are as relevant to 21st century Britain as they were in the Thatcherite '80s. In short, easily one of the best films of the year.