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Ken Loach

Family Life

Director Ken Loach Composer Marc Wilkinson Cast Sandy Ratcliff, Bill Dean, Grace Cave
108' - 1971 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Found sitting helplessly on a subway bench Janice (19) is taken to a police station; she refuses to talk. She is eventually driven home by the police, much to the distress of her parents who attribute her behaviour to the influence of 'immoral hippie friends'. Janice, who loves her repressive parents too much to hurt them by running away, is quietly forced into schizophrenia by their loving care. After being locked out of the house she threatens her mother with a knife and is whisked off to a mental hospital. Under the care Dr. Donaldson, she seems slowly to be gaining a sense of her own identity. But when Donaldson's contract with the hospital is terminated, Janice is transferred to a regular ward and given electroshock therapy...

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Ken Loach


Marc Wilkinson


Sandy Ratcliff, Bill Dean, Grace Cave


David Mercer


Tony Garnett

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Countries of production

United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

In Two Minds van D. Mercer




Ken Loach
Poor Cow (1967), Kes (1969), Family Life (1971), Talk About Work (short, 1971), Black Jack (1979), The Gamekeeper (1980), Looks and Smiles (1981), Which Side Are You On? (1984), Singin the Blues in Red (1986), Hidden Agenda (1990), Riff-Raff (1991), Raining Stones (1993), Ladybird Ladybird (1994), Land and Freedom (1995), Carla's Song (1996), My Name Is Joe (1998), Another City (short, 1998), Bread and Roses (2000), The Navigators (2001), Sweet Sixteen (2002), A Fond Kiss... (2004), Tickets (2005), McLibel (2005), The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), It's a Free World... (2007), Looking for Eric (2009), Route Irish (2010), The Angels' Share (2012), The Spirit of '45 (2013), Jimmy's Hall (2014), I, Daniel Blake (2016), Sorry We Missed You (2019), The Old Oak (2023)