by Ken Loach 1h42min United Kingdom 1993
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by Ken Loach

This Ken Loach docu-drama relates the story of a British woman's fight with Social Services over the care of her children. Maggie has a history of bouncing from one abusive relationship to another. She has four children, of four different fathers, who came to the attention of Social Services when they were injured in a fire. Subsequently, Maggie was found to be an "unfit mother" and her children were removed from her care. She finally meets the man of her dreams, a Paraguayan expatriate, and they start a family together. Unfortunately, Social Services seems unwilling to accept that her life has changed and rends them from their new children. She and Jorge together, and separately, fight Social Services, Immigration, and other government bureaucrats in a desperate battle to make their family whole again.

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[ MP4 SD - Stéréo 2.0 ]


  • Crissy Rock : Maggie
  • Vladimir Vega : Jorge
  • Sandie Lavelle : Mairead
  • Mauricio Venegas : Adrian
  • And with: Ray Winstone, Claire Perkins, Jason Stracey, Lily Farrell, Luke Brown


  • Director Ken Loach
  • Scenario Rona Munro
  • Photo director Barry Ackroyd
  • Set Design Martin Johnson
  • Costume Design Wendy Knowles
  • Sound Ray Beckett
  • Editing Jonathan Morris
  • Original music George Fenton
  • Producer Sally Hibbin
  • Production Compagny Channel Four Films, Parallax Pictures
  • Distributor Diaphana

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixDolby
  • Production1993
  • Release date for France09/28/1994
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageEnglish
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