The Angels' Share

If The Angels' Share had been directed by Joe Nobody it wouldn't have received half the press and wouldn't have gotten near Cannes. But Ken Loach is a name director, which can trick one into thinking what's a very average piece of work to be something more. A similar situation arose in 2005 with Cronenberg and the very ordinary action thriller A History Of Violence: 'Tis Cronenberg so 'tis good! No, t'isn't! A History of Violence is an average movie, as is The Angels' Share.

After another street fight, Glaswegian Robbie (Brannigan) narrowly avoids jail and, because his girlfriend is expecting a baby, is determined that this will be the last time he stands before a judge. Sentenced to community service, he meets the kindly Harry (Henshaw), who sees the good in Robbie and introduces him to the delights of whisky. Robbie has a nose for it and Harry takes him tasting sessions in Edinburgh where the kid hatches a plan to lighten a local distillery of its rare and expensive produce…

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