My Name Is Joe (Mein Name ist Joe)
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My Name Is Joe (Mein Name ist Joe)
Actor Peter Mullan won the 1998 Cannes Film Festival "Best Actor" award with this film, directed by Ken Loach (Carla's Song, Ladybird, Ladybird). The drama is set in Possilpark, one of Glasgow's poorest neighborhoods, a rough section where half the population is out of work. Unemployed reformed alcoholic Joe Kavanagh (Mullan) does odd jobs and manages a stumbling soccer team. One of the players is Liam (David McKay), in debt to hood McGowan (David Hayman). Liam and junkie Sabine (Annemarie Kennedy) are raising a small son. After Joe meets social worker Sarah (Louise Goodall),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Loach in fine form, at the peak of his craft. Proletarian realism does not get better than this."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"powerful and intensely moving"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Loach's keen eye for unpolished reality and Mullan's passionate, well-modulated turn keep the film well worth watching."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"An uneasy mesh of character-driven privileged moments and occasionally muddled melodrama."
‑ Richard Porton, Film Journal International
"Another great achievement from England's Ken Loach."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Portrays the invisible class barriers and ways of seeing the world that can hobble the future of hopeful lovers."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Plays well as both a romance and a portrait of a lonely man coming to terms with the mistakes in his life."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Ken Loach at his best."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It was a good idea having subtitles, because the heavy Scottish accents are very difficult to understand."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mullan has a combination of good looks, virility, and sensitivity all at once - a terrific package."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
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