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Film Fest Gent - Looks and smiles
Archived: Looks and smiles - Looks and smiles (1981)

director: Ken Loach

composer: Marc Wilkinson


Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents, works on his motorbike, looks for work, and every two weeks gets his check from the dole. There are no jobs. His best mate Alan joins the army to fix tanks and is sent to Belfast to quell Catholics. At a disco, Mick meets Karen, who works at a shoe shop and lives with her recently-separated mom. Karen misses her dad. She offers Mick emotional stability and a route to adulthood; Alan pitches the army. Does Mick have a future?


director: Ken Loach
composer: Marc Wilkinson
producer: Irving Teitelbaum

production company: Black Lion Films

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Country: UK
year: 1981

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Other festival films by director Ken Loach

2019:Sorry We Missed You
2016:I, Daniel Blake
2007:Happy ending
2007:It's a free world
1996:Family life
1991:Riff raff
1990:Hidden agenda
1985:Which side are you on ?
1980:Black jack
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