British director Ken Loach, champion of the grimy working bloke (Raining Stones; Ladybird, Ladybird), takes an unpromisingly complicated aspect of modern European history — conflict among antifascist fighters during the 1936 Spanish civil war — and turns out a compelling dramatic story with Land and Freedom. The human passions at the heart of the ideological struggles are represented by Ian Hart (Backbeat) as David, an enthusiastic Liverpudlian Communist volunteer who learns about love, disillusionment, and loyalty during his stint on the Spanish front lines. The differences that turned comrade against comrade are captured in an unlikely but effective centerpiece — a long, jumbled all-village meeting about ”collectivizing” land liberated from Franco’s control. By setting the story in flashback, as a contemporary teenager pores over granddad David’s mementos (including an old red neckerchief tied around a handful of sacred Spanish soil) and finds inspiration in his commitment, Loach cleverly if not so subtly brings the class struggle back to his own English backyard.
Land and Freedom British director Ken Loach, champion of the grimy working bloke (Raining Stones; Ladybird, Ladybird), takes an unpromisingly...Land and FreedomDrama, WarPT109MUnrated British director Ken Loach, champion of the grimy working bloke (Raining Stones; Ladybird, Ladybird), takes an unpromisingly...1996-04-19
Genre: Drama, War; Starring: Iciar Bollain, Ian Hart; Director: Ken Loach; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 109; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted April 19 1996 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Andre 3000 joins ABC's 'American Crime'
- 'Descendants' react: Did the tale about junior Disney villains cast a spell?
- Casting Net: Gary Oldman joins space love story
- Josh Gad wraps 'Beauty and the Beast' filming, shares pic
- Remembering Roddy Piper's rowdy film career
- Why 'The Tribe' is the perfect videogame movie
- 'Fear the Walking Dead' producers offer hints about the show's timeline
- 'The Walking Dead' Season 6: 12 EW exclusive photos
- 10 must-have items from the 'Mad Men' auction: Exclusive
- Stars go back to work! 'Scandal,' 'Arrow,' 'The Good Wife,' more return to set
- Charlie Hunnam and Excalibur glisten in 'King Arthur' first look photos
- Here are the 2015 games we're looking forward to most
- Amy Poehler, Justin Theroux, Rihanna & More!