Sorry We Missed You

"Whenever family life in Newcastle looks to be coming together for Ricky-, a Salford-born delivery driver, and his wife, Abby, a carer, it’s the world of work that crushes them and pushes them ever closer to breaking point.

"For both Ricky and Abby work is rarely rewarding or empowering. It’s degrading and damaging, especially when it comes to their relationships with each other and their school-age kids – and the mental health of them all. The film begins with Ricky signing up to a new job – dropping off parcels at breakneck speed around the city. But it’s an app-driven posting – a gig-economy non-job – that comes with next to zero benefits: no contract, no confirmed earnings and, worst of all, a series of penalties that kick in if you don’t toe the line or meet targets.

"The film’s tragedy is that no amount of love and goodwill can save us when the cards are so horribly stacked against us. And that title, ‘Sorry We Missed You’: of course it’s the faux-friendly message left on doorsteps everywhere by parcel delivery firms. But here it also nods to the left behind, to the overlooked, to the forgotten. Ken Loach and his team, including the writer Paul Laverty, demonstrated a new urgency in their work with 2016’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’. You can feel it again with this powerful, bleak film that feels acutely of the moment but also carries within it the same question that Loach has been asking for more than 50 years: does life really have to be like this?" - TimeOut


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