Film review: The Angels' Share
THE ANGELS' SHARE (R16) (98 min)
Directed by Ken Loach. Starring Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland.
The angels' share is the lovely poetic name given to that part of a barrel of whisky that evaporates while the whisky is aging. And it makes a fine and appropriate title for this lovely, occasionally poetic new film from Ken Loach.
Loach presents us with a young rogues' gallery of leads. They are a work gang, doing what we would call PD, and all unsuccessful petty criminals. This being Loach, they are also all essentially decent, outrageously witty, and about to get themselves into a filmic scrape which will winningly frame their essential decency, outrageous wit, et cetera.
The sport here is a plan to siphon off a few bottles from a million-pound barrel of booze. The barrel is the last in existence of a near-mythical ''lost scotch'', and even a few bottles of the stuff could set the gang of four up very nicely. Most importantly, they would allow young Robbie (Paul Brannigan) to start a new life with the mother of his newborn son.
It's lovely stuff, this Angels' Share. Like Loach's Looking for Eric before it, this is a truly funny and charming film, with plenty to say, and very likeable way of saying it.
The Dominion Post