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Ladybird Ladybird 18 rating

Ken Loach’s devastating, important film documents the personal and social battles a woman must go through in order to continue caring for her children.

Drama 1994 102 mins

Director: Ken Loach

Overview

Ken Loach once again demonstrates his proficiency for drawing excellent performances from unlikely actors with this gut-wrenching drama anchored by an award-winning central turn from erstwhile comedian Crissy Rock. Based on a true story, Ladybird, Ladybird tracks the heartbreaking tale of a woman whose tumultuous past and mental illnesses cause her children to be taken away from her by social services.

Like his previous films, Loach has a clear and resolute view on this complex and humanistic tale of a citizen let down by the establishment in place to support her. Crissy Rock won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival and it is easy to see why her startlingly raw performance as Maggie gained so much critical acclaim.