Sorry We Missed You is a 2019 British-French-Belgian drama film directed by Ken Loach, written by Paul Laverty and produced by Rebecca O’Brien. Principal photography began in September 2018 in the Newcastle area in north-east England. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Despite having a broken arm in a sling, Loach appeared to promote the film at Cannes, where he said that it would be his final film to compete at the festival. It received the audience award for best European film at the 2019 San Sebastián International Film Festival.
- Starring : Kris Hitchen / Debbie Honeywood
- Genre : Drama
- Country : United Kingdom / France / Belgium
- Language : English
- Director : Ken Loach
- Production : Sixteen Films / BBC Films / BE TV / BFI Film Fund / Canal+ / Ciné + / Cinéart / France 2 Cinéma / France Télévisions / Le Pacte / Les Films du Fleuve / VOO / Why Not Productions / Wild Bunch
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Sorry We Missed You movie
Sorry We Missed You release date
- May 16, 2019 : France (Cannes Film Festival)
- June 13, 2019 : Australia (Sydney Film Festival)
- September 12, 2019 : Canada (Toronto International Film Festival)
- September 24, 2019 : Spain (San Sebastián Film Festival)
- October 1, 2019 : Switzerland (Zurich Film Festival)
- October 1, 2019 : Germany (Hamburg Film Festival)
- October 5, 2019 : USA (Mill Valley Film Festival)
- October 13, 2019 : Canada (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal)
- October 13, 2019 : USA (Hamptons International Film Festival)
- October 18, 2019 : India (Mumbai Film Festival)
- October 19, 2019 : USA (Chicago International Film Festival)
- October 23, 2019 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
- October 23, 2019 : France
- October 31, 2019 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- October 31, 2019 : Spain
- November 1, 2019 : UK
- November 1, 2019 : Ireland
- November 1, 2019 : Sweden
- November 9, 2019 : USA (Hawaii Film Festival)
- December 5, 2019 : Switzerland (Italian speaking region)
- December 13, 2019 : Japan
- December 26, 2019 : Australia
- January 30, 2020 : Germany
- March 6, 2020 : USA
Sorry We Missed You cast
- Kris Hitchen as Ricky Turner
- Debbie Honeywood as Abbie Turner
- Rhys Stone as Sebastian ‘Seb’ Turner
- Katie Proctor as Liza Jane Turner
- Ross Brewster as Gavin Maloney
- Charlie Richmond as Henry Morgan
- Julian Ions as Freddie
- Sheila Dunkerley as Rosie
- Maxie Peters as Robert
- Christopher John Slater as Ben
- Heather Wood as Mollie
- Albert Dumba as Harpoon
- Natalia Stonebanks as Roz
- Jordan Collard as Dodge
- Dave Turner as Magpie
Ricky (Kris Hitchen) and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. Ricky, who has no education or professional training, is given an opportunity when he is hired to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver under the supervision of the tough Maloney. In order to afford a van for the job, Ricky convinces his wife Abbie (who uses the car in her work as a home care nurse) to sell the family car. The stress of the new job proves to be great for Ricky. He is always under pressure to make his deliveries in time and is fined if he is late or makes mistakes. Abbie also finds her work much more demanding without a car and frequently feels upset by the lack of time she is allowed to spend with her patients due to her demanding schedule.
The stress of both Ricky and Abbie is greatly increased by their son Seb (Rhys Stone) who both skips school and often gets into trouble with graffiti. After an argument, Seb tags over the family portraits during the night. The next morning Ricky can’t find the keys to his van and blames Seb. Seb denies any wrongdoing and in the ensuring argument, Ricky hits Seb. His daughter Liza Jane (Katie Proctor) later tearfully admits that she hid the keys as she blames Ricky’s new job for the family’s problems.
Back at work, Ricky is robbed and brutally assaulted while making his deliveries. In line at the hospital, Maloney phones and explains that Ricky is fined over 1000 pounds as his scanner was destroyed during the robbery. After the assault, Seb finally warms up and re-joins the family. The film ends as Ricky drives off to work, still greatly injured and in tears as his family begs him to not leave.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 84% based on 70 reviews, with an average rating of 7.61/10. The site’s critical consensus reads “Sorry We Missed You may strike some as tending toward the righteously didactic, but director Ken Loach’s passionate approach remains effective.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 79 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
David Rooney in The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film “is an expertly judged and profoundly humane movie, made without frills or fuss but startlingly direct in its emotional depiction of the tough stuff that is the fiber of so many ordinary lives.”
Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian believed it was superior to Loach’s previous film I, Daniel Blake (2016), which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Bradshaw wrote: “it is more dramatically varied and digested, with more light and shade in its narrative progress and more for the cast to do collectively. I was hit in the solar plexus by this movie, wiped out by the simple honesty and integrity of the performances.” The review in The Times praised the performance of newcomer Debbie Honeywood as Abbie, who was cast after a talent search of non-professionals. Contributor Kevin Maher believed the film should have concentrated on her character instead of Ricky, Abbie’s husband.
Geoffrey Macnab wrote in The Independent that Loach’s film “captures brilliantly the alienation and existential anguish that its main characters feel. There is nothing they can do to help themselves. The more they fight to change their circumstances, the worse those circumstances become.” Macnab commented that Loach and his screenwriter Laverty “pursue their story to its logical conclusion, ending the film in a way that is both ingenious and devastating.”
Owen Gleiberman of Variety writes: “Loach stages all of this with supreme confidence and flow” leading to “a fraught, touching, and galvanizing movie.” Raphael Abrahams, in his review for the Financial Times, states: “In the end credits he gives thanks to those drivers whose testimony informed the film but who wished to remain anonymous. He is their much-needed voice and remains that of our moral conscience.”
Trevor Johnston of British film publication Sight & Sound wrote “While Sorry We Missed You may not be as sentimentally affecting as , it delivers a more nuanced, troubling and provocative state-of-the-nation address. As such, it’s surely among Loach and Laverty’s most sinewy efforts.”
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