Set in London, Sorry We Missed You follows a working-class family, the Turners, as they try to keep their head above water financially and emotionally in the freelance and gig economy.

Sorry We Missed You is a harrowing look at what it takes to survive in a world that has little interest in seeing you succeed. Loach’s films have long advocated for the working class, but they seem worse off today than ever before. Sorry We Missed You reflects that. There is nothing glamorous, stylish, or attractive about this world. And why should there be? The characters don’t want any part of it either. Watching the final shot of the movie calls to mind one of Kurt Vonnegut’s signature aphorisms: “Life is no way to treat an animal.” Now streaming on The Criterion Channel and Kanopy.

The above blurb first appeared in the pages of Boulder Weekly Vol. 27, No. 12, “Life is no way to treat an animal.”