My Name Is Joe

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After coming into conflict over a young couple troubled by debt and drug-dependency, amateur soccer coach and recovering alcoholic Joe (Mullan) and health service worker Sarah (Goodall) find themselves embarking on a mutually wary but fulfilling romance; the trouble is, they have different ideas about how to deal with the problems posed by the unforgiving world around them. Very funny, typically insightful and authentic, and surprisingly sexy (for a Loach movie), this also proceeds to an emotionally quite devastating conclusion, where Renoir's thesis that 'everyone has their reasons' is put painfully to the test. The performances are uniformly superb (though Mullan is especially charismatic), and the direction discreet but wonderfully telling.
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Release details

UK release:

1998

Duration:

105 mins

Cast and crew

Producer:

Rebecca O'Brien

Cast:

David Hayman, Louise Goodall, David McKay, Gary Lewis, Peter Mullan, Anne Marie Kennedy

Music:

George Fenton

Production Designer:

Martin Johnson

Editor:

Jonathan Morris

Cinematography:

Barry Ackroyd

Screenwriter:

Paul Laverty

Director:

Ken Loach

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