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Ken Loach film takes the top prize at Cannes '06!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with the winners of this year's Cannes Film Festival. These are some of the films you should take note of to see this year. Here ya go...

The complete list the 2006 Festival de Cannes are being announced tonight in France.

Palme d'Or: "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" by Ken Loach

Grand Prix (runner-up): "Flanders" by Bruno Dumont

Prix de la Mise en Scene (Best Director): Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for "Babel"

Prix du Scenario (Best Screenplay Award):Pedro Almodovar for "Volver"

Camera d'Or (For best first feature): "A Fost sau n-a fost?" (12:08 East of Bucharest) by Corneliu Porumbolu

Prix du Jury (Jury Prize): "Red Road" by Andrea Arnold

Prix d'interpretation feminine (Best Actress): Ensemble female cast of "Volver" by Pedro Almodovar (Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave)

Prix d'interpretation masculine (Best Actor): Ensemble male cast of "Indigenes" by Rachid Bouchareb (Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem, Bernard Blancan)

Court-Metrage (Short Film): Palme d'Or (short film): "Sniffer" by Bobby Peers

Prix Du Jury: "Premiera Nieve" by Pablo Aguero

Special Mention: "Conte de quartier" by Florence Miaihe



UN CERTAIN REGARD

Prix Un Certain Regard - Fondation Gan Pour le Cinema: "Luxury Car" by Wang Chao

Prix Special du Jury Un Certain Regard: "Ten Canoes" by Rolf De Heer

Prix d'Interpretation Un Certain Regard (acting award): Dorotheea Petre for "The Way I Spent the End of the World" (Cum Mi-Am Petrecut Sfarsitul Lumii) by Catalin Mitulescu

Prix d'Interpretation Un Certain Regard (acting award): Don Angel Tavira for "El Violin" by Francisco Vargas

Prix du President du Jury Un Certain Regard: Patrick Grandperret for "Meurtrieres"



CINEFONDATION

Premier Prix: "Ge & Zeta" by Gustavo Riet

Second Prize: "Mr Schwartz, Mr. Hazen & Mr. Horlocker" by Stefan Mueller

Third Prize (shared): "Mother" by Sian Heder and "A Virus" by Agnes Kocsis

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  • May 28, 2006, 4 p.m. CST

    thats right, a twopher

    by flamingrunt

  • May 28, 2006, 4:13 p.m. CST

    hmmm

    by TheLastBystander

    not sure what i think. heard Babel is good.

  • May 28, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST

    easiest way to win at Cannes: bash America

    by Silver Shamrock

    Babel indeed.

  • May 28, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST

    At least in Cannes they...

    by Koola_Norway

    ...were smart enough to give "Pulp Fiction" their top award. In general, if you compare the Oscar for Best film and the Golden Palm of Cannes, the french festival seem to be a far more accurate indicator of great films. I'll most certainly put The Wind That Shakes The Barley on my list of highly anticipated films in the year to come. That list, by the way, is already packed with Cannes titles, including Babel, Southland Tales, Marie Antoinette, Pan's Labyrinth and Volver. And on a side note: The short film that was awarded with the Golden palm, SNIFFER, is a terrific film! You should seek it out if you can!

  • May 28, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Irish politics usually makes for muddled cinema

    by Cuchulain

    But Ken Loach is extraordinarily qualified. I'm there...

  • May 28, 2006, 4:40 p.m. CST

    by CRanapia

    I don't think that's entirely fair - Ken Loach is a very talented film-maker, and I certainly don't share his very left-wing politics. Still, I'm sure a sanatised valentine to the IRA will go down a treat in the US. That's one terrorist group that seems to have been terribly respectable in America - because I guess nobody used to give a shit about terrorism when it was perpetrated by white folks in London.

  • May 28, 2006, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Any film festival...

    by Gilkuliehe

    ...that gave BARTON FINK its top prize is cool in my book. So rock on.

  • May 28, 2006, 5:03 p.m. CST

    terrorism

    by TheLastBystander

    it only counts as terrorism if it's dem damn Muslims. and it only counts as stopping it if it's Bush doing it! GO BUSH! I think they should make a film about how great the Iraq war is turning out.

  • May 28, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Terrorism?

    by irishfella

    Was the Boston Tea Party terrorism? This movie isn't about nightclubs being blown up in Britain. It's about a subjegated people fighting for liberation of an occupying force, or at least that was the impression I was under.

  • May 28, 2006, 6:35 p.m. CST

    "Host" didn't win best picture?

    by CrispyOne

  • May 28, 2006, 6:39 p.m. CST

    KEN LOACH! Awesome!

    by zikade zarathos

    He's one of my favorites. I'm so happy for him. Can't wait to see it now. Everyone go rent KES.

  • May 28, 2006, 6:42 p.m. CST

    iraq war needs a new marketing strategy

    by JackRabbitSlim

    get the folks who promoted multibillion dollar corporation Apple to start giving that dusky war a facelift. Or teach the world to ignore it - like they do the Congo and Somalia civil wars. Fire the present p.r. firm now.

  • May 28, 2006, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Ken Loach? Wow, I thought it would be Volver for sure.

    by Cameron1

    oh and by the by, Loach's film is far from a rosy view of the IRA OR The Brits.

  • May 28, 2006, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Irishfella

    by StrangeCo

    Dumping cargo from the British East India Company ships into Boston Harbor is a damned sight different from killing innocent dancers in a nightclub because British soldiers happen to sometimes attend the same club. Last time I checked (two minutes ago), no one was killed by the "Indians" who dumped tea into the water.

  • May 28, 2006, 8:08 p.m. CST

    It's a real shame that Lynch's Inland Empire...

    by DanielKurland

    didn't premiere here like it was supposed. That movie cannot come out soon enough.

  • May 28, 2006, 8:19 p.m. CST

    raise your glass, boys, for auld lang syne

    by thebearovingian

    BOUT DAMN TIME, KEN! When the IRA tried to shut you down, you took them out and then took their girls out! Rock Solid, Mick!

  • May 28, 2006, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Odd...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    I thought Babel, Volver or Days of Glory would take home the top prize and Loach would get best director as consolation. Seems to me this year's jury was more judicious than it was trying to make a statement. I can't remember another festival where they spread the wealth in such a non specific way...

  • May 28, 2006, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Please don't let...

    by dcooph

    ...this turn into a political forum - let's stick to the subject people. And what's with the misconception that the jury is dominated by French folks? As is usually the case there's like ONE French person on the jury and three Americans. The director is Wong Kar-Wai for cryin' out. Anyhow, I hope most of these flicks pick up some distributors and end up at the local movie house. I've already had it with all the "blockbuster" marketing campaigns slated for summer.

  • May 28, 2006, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Is 'KES' the greatest film ever made..?

    by workshed

    Loach is the greatest director ever to come out of the UK and 'KES', for me, remains his masterpiece. I can honestly say that if 'The Wind Shakes The Barley' is as good as I hear it is then we are all in for a treat from a Master. When will Hollywood ever learn that it takes more than millions of dollars and an A-list cast to make a classic thought-provoking piece of Cinema. In 100 years Loach's contribution to 'Cinema' will rank alongside Dostoyevsky's contribution to 'Literature'. Quick question... has Loach won the Palme D'Or more than any other director now..? I think 'Land and Freedom' was the last time I left the cinema in tears - probably due my late Grandfather's involvement in the Spanish Civil War - but mainly because he made the most affecting war/peace movie since All Quiet On The Western Front. Fact - all the best film directors are communists.

  • May 28, 2006, 9:36 p.m. CST

    One day a Troma film will win Palme d'Or

    by chickychow

    And on that day i'll shit in a cup and drink it.

  • May 28, 2006, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Paul Gleason died.

    by Osmosis Jones

    "Holy Christ! I guess we're gonna need some more FBI guys, huh?"

  • May 28, 2006, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Wow, I can't pronounce any of those films...

    by Booji Boy

    or the people who made them. So they MUST be good!!!

  • May 28, 2006, 10:56 p.m. CST

    by Amadeus Zero

    Yay. I don't get enough politics in my real life...now I can get lots more in every freakin' film at Cannes this year. (sigh) I look to books for education. From movies, I want entertainment. Generally speaking...there are always exceptions.

  • May 28, 2006, 11:26 p.m. CST

    I can't believe they sneaked by that Simpsons movie,

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Flanders, without AICN giving us any coverage. I have to admit, it's a weird choice of Simpsons character to concentrate on, but it could still be good. Does Maude come back to life in this movie? Or does Rod (or Tod)'s balls finally drop? I need to know these things. Ken Loach and his kitchen sink movies don't really work for me. I'm not saying I only like flash quickly-edited films like Indy, but they just seem kinda stark and empty. Good kitchen sink movies: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and A Taste of Honey; I don't think Loach's movies can compare to those two.

  • May 28, 2006, 11:38 p.m. CST

    The frenchs hates the spanish

    by chien_sale

    Seriously one makes average chick movies and the other made his name on a stupid stories told backwards with Sean Penn. That`s why they`re overrated and didn`t get the Palm D`Or.

  • May 28, 2006, 11:52 p.m. CST

    RE: workshed

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    What word have you heard about 'The Wind Shakes the Barley' that I haven't? Most of the reviews have been generally positive but far from ecstatic. And definitely not on par with the kind of enthusiasm that greeted his past efforts. But the way you talk about Loach reminds me of the way the AICN crew talk about Del Toro and Kelly...

  • May 29, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST

    10 Canoes!!

    by Monkey Butler

    Wow! First film ever to be filmed in a Australian Aboriginal language wins the jury prize!

  • Rest in Peace Paul Gleason.

  • May 29, 2006, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Irishfella I bet is not even from Ireland but

    by spike fan

    one of the plastic Irish who were born and bought up in America and who are despised by the real Irish (yep if you had lived in Ireland like I have you would know they think you and your lot a joke) Besides this British opression stuff ignores the fact that in the Irish civil war far more Irish killed by IRISH than at any other time then when De-Velera took power he rounded up all his old buddies and had them shot. The IRA then went on and spied for the Nazis during World war two and from the 70's on words been murdering innocent people in the UK and Ulster and want a communist type state but hey to the Americans these guys are hero's right. Such hypocrites to terroism.

  • May 29, 2006, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Yeah, these all look like classics

    by WillowFan2001

    I'll be sure to see them when they turn up at my local cinema, during the midnight showings on Tuesdays. I'll bring No-Doz.

  • May 29, 2006, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Why are you morons going on about Terrorism?

    by Splinter

    Terrorism? The Irish were fighting an occupying force (a forve which first invaded 800 years previously), fighting for their independence, fighting for their country back. Go and read some history books you fucking neanderthals. Christ.

  • May 29, 2006, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Splinter

    by irishfella

    That's what I was saying. And Spike Fan, I was in no way endoasing the IRA, but have you forgotten how the IRB helped us achieve freedom from Britain? Did you even read what I had to say!?! Some nerds are just looking for a fight.

  • May 29, 2006, 5:34 a.m. CST

    So basically you lot in the US endorsing murder...

    by Floyd_Dylan

    ... of innocent men, women, and children of today who had nothing to do with what happened 800 years ago? You people in the US are endorsing pub bombings, city centre bombings, the IRA walking in to people's home a shooting the dad or mother in front of their children. So is that what you lot in the US are telling the rest of the world? That it's okay for the IRA terrorists to go round bombing innocent men, women, and children over what happened 800 years ago?

  • May 29, 2006, 5:41 a.m. CST

    It's a period piece people

    by irishfella

    And by the way when I said "This movie isn't about nightclubs being blown up in Britain," that is pricisely what I meant. I said that to highlight my point that the movie is not about terrorism and that the irish revolution was in fact no different from the American revolution. And also, last time I checked I was in fact Irish.

  • May 29, 2006, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Floyd Dyan, you truly are an astounding imbecile.

    by Splinter

    The film is about the Irish people winning their country back. It is not about terrorism. It is not about the IRA of the 70's. It is about the Irish people of the 20's WINNING THEIR COUNTRY BACK. Are you honestly this fucking stupid?

  • May 29, 2006, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Etcetera

    by irishfella

    And to reiterate, I do not support or condone the current IRA's insidious and criminal activities and I recognise that it is a disgusting criminal organisation but dammit I wasn't even refering to them, I was refering to the times in which the movie is set, about 90 years past, and this was a time when, unfortunately, only force would lead to freedom, as is generally the case in cases of one country occupying another

  • May 29, 2006, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Splinter you just don't get it.

    by Floyd_Dylan

    True it maybe about the poor Irish winning back their country, but the film is basically fanning the flames even more so you Yanks can throw up even more xenophobic hatred towards us Brits on the internet, X Box, films, TV series etc.

  • May 29, 2006, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Oh dear, sweet, keening Christ.

    by Splinter

    Would you stop talking. Seriously. Stop. Its embrassing. I'm Irish, mate. Sitting in Dublin, typing this. Your use of 'poor Irish' is very telling. Almost as if you begrudge a nation the fact that it rose up and fought its oppressors and regained its sovereignty. Hmmm. As regards xenophobic hatred against the British...emmm....let me break this to you gently. You earned it. Look up 'British Empire', and read some history books. The violence and horror perpetrated by the English in pursuit of their glorious Empire will never be forgotten.

  • May 29, 2006, 8:02 a.m. CST

    "You Mess With The Bull..." RIP PAUL GLEASON.

    by ripper t. jones

  • May 29, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    X box?

    by irishfella

    Floyd, the great conspiracy theorist. X box, are you serious? Get some help.

  • May 29, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Hurrah for Ken...

    by brycemonkey

    guys been making some of the best movies from the UK in decades. I hope he gets some commercial success to go along with all his critical acclaim. Also good for Cillian Murphy, one of the fastest rising stars out there and a true talent. Also to all the politicos, just stop. An AICN TB is not an approriate forum for discussing an immensely complex political issue. It can barely handle film discussion. Peace.

  • May 29, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    YEAH

    by gravitasone

    Bye Paul Gleason, your contribution to the Breakfast Club will ensure that you will live on forever.

  • May 29, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Splinter I know our history and we've learn't

    by Floyd_Dylan

    from our mistakes, and we've moved on and try to improve out relations with the world. Time you did. irishfella there's no conspiracy when it comes to xenophobia. Xenophobia through X Box Live from the US players happens regularly.

  • May 29, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    MR. BEAKS DIES AT AGE 67

    by Darth Pestilence

    THE TEACHER FROM "THE BREAKFAST CLUB" IS DEAD. READ ABOUT IT HERE. http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog&pop=1&ping=1&indicate=1

  • May 29, 2006, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Go go UK!!

    by Fixthe Fernback

    I agree with zikade and workshed: KES is one of the greatest films ever! I'm so glad that Loach won. Good news for british film making. I think it would have been Babel otherwise; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is a major talent imo.

  • May 29, 2006, 11 a.m. CST

    They forgot a category...

    by Fixthe Fernback

    Prix pour la dinde: Southland Tales.

  • May 29, 2006, 11:12 a.m. CST

    European niggers

    by Colin_Ireland

    The only good Irish is a dead Irish. Discuss.

  • May 29, 2006, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Irish History and its complexities

    by Wild At Heart

    I used to take a very cut and dried view on the nature of Irish History, but having done a little research into it myself it makes things much less clear than most people would like it to be. The concept of Ireland as a nation is actually quite new; similar to Italy. Around the 12th or 13th centuries, one of the provincial Irish Kings sought help from the Normans (in ye Olde England) to help him fight a local enemy. Thus the 'invasion' of Ireland began. Nothing is ever truly simple... Anyway, not to harp on about such things. I'm a Loach fan. He's a remarkable filmmaker, even if what he produces is generally confronting. 'Kes'? Jesus... well-made movie but goddamned depressing. Truly depressing.

  • May 29, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I am irish, too and from dublin, too and

    by emeraldboy

    while i think that this and the fact BSNH have opened a la office are both great news for the irish film industry. A word of caution.... Ireland has changed beyond all recognition and this week to celebrate modern Ireland, which was born 20 years in 1986. I was there it happened. I dont under any cirsumstances want any thing which legitimises, Adams and Mcguinnes murderous 30 year war. sure its complicated and the loyalists like johnny adair and billy wright are thugs. both british and Irish govt have not and will not realise untill it is too late the ruthless machine that is SF/IRA. Hopefully many in ireland, will be reminded of it when rte during the summer, shows the documentary about the killing on duty gardai called Jerry McCabe who was murdered by the modern IRA(1969 onwards). This is the same organisation that have been invovled in Bank robberies, Diesel Laundering, property rings etc. and the odd murders of people who voted for SF/ira in the recent past one was outside a nightclub when a gang of Ira men stabbed kicked and beat him to death in belfast and the other was in gym, when he was shot point blank range. One was robert McCartney and the other was Joseph rafferty. have some though for the family of lisa dorian, she came from protestant and went one night and never came back. in the meantime congrats kien and well done mate. It was unanimous. i have great resvervations that this film will be used by the sf/ira facists as a stick to beat the british with.

  • May 29, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Paul Gleason is dead!!!

    by Drworm2002

    R.I.P

  • May 29, 2006, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Is 'KES' the greatest film ever made..? - Answer - NO

    by DavidCamp

    No, Kes is shit. Its monotonous and boring as cunt. Loach is a pretentious prick who, thankfully only has a few more years left in him.

  • May 29, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Ireland has changed

    by emeraldboy

    we used to look at tv and at the huddled masses have some sympathy and thenlet them in. That was then this is now. Last, week a group of afghans, some of whom were supported by the taliban, in thier as the week went on wht little support the men had vanished over night. Listening to the irish lefts response was indicitive of utterly stupid the irish left has become. Rosanna flynn, of residents against Racism, poured cold water on reports that some of the men were former members of the taliban. Anyway it all ended peaceful. later last week JOhn Howard came and spoke to the Dail(the irish Parliament) which was half empty. Howard trotted out the line that it was great for the irish at least they have democracy which is true. kind of. on radio later on that day, the most boring man in irish politics Joe Higgins, said while he was demonstrating against Howard visitng he said that could no under any circumstances welcome a visit by that self confessed Socialist castro. twit.

  • May 29, 2006, 12:36 p.m. CST

    "can you describe the ruckus...?"

    by havocSchultz

    and i wanna hear more about this highest gallery in paris... what's all this noise... ohhh... cannes... i hear they gave something like an 8 minute standing-o for Clerks II... interesting... oh well, have fun all...

  • May 29, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Butt out Havoc, you half deutschebag

    by seppukudkurosawa

    half tosspot.

  • May 29, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Stupid Flanders

    by Big Bad Clone

  • May 29, 2006, 1:41 p.m. CST

    go Eire go

    by ajudas torch

    while I admire Loachs imperialist guilt his constant trumpeting of parallels in the movie between Irish history and the current situation in Iraq is baffling. Then he went and insulted our people by giving his acceptance speech in French. I hope some decent Irishman had the balls to walk out in protest

  • May 29, 2006, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Uh, who in the HELL in America calls the IRA Heroes?

    by Durendal

    I sure as hell don't, and I don't know a soul who does. If the IRA has some issues with the UK, then blowing up civilians wont help a goddamn thing. The UK wasn't the nicest bunch, but much like the Palestinians, they're destroying any chance of resolving a legitimate gripe by deliberately slaughtering innocents.

  • May 29, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Floyd

    by irishfella

    Fair enough -- but in the end I don't think that people are stupid enough to allow the events of a movie influence their opinion of a race of people.

  • May 29, 2006, 2:26 p.m. CST

    terrorism?

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    It is policy for the US government to fire bomb South American crops because they might be Cocaine crops that could interfere with the CIA

  • May 29, 2006, 2:26 p.m. CST

    I heard Southland Tales was absolutely horrible.

    by Barry Egan

  • May 29, 2006, 2:39 p.m. CST

    yea, everything ive read said SLT is unwatchable

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    just awful. career endingly bad.

  • May 29, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Man - guess SLT and MARIE ANTOINETTE were bad

    by LilOgre

    Didn't DA VINCI win anything? Just kidding. Poor showing by the American filmmakers this year eh?

  • May 29, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Wong Kar-Wai! Wong Kar-Wai!

    by StrangeCo

    Is that what they shout at you in Hong Kong when you misread a street sign and head west on an east-bound street?

  • May 29, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Great. All those films combined will

    by veritasses

    only show in a handfull of arthouses for a total of 10 days in the US. How are people who live in the middle of nowhere USA supposed to see all these highly received movies? And RIP Paul Gleason. You will be missed.

  • May 29, 2006, 6:01 p.m. CST

    RE: Host didn't win Best Picture

    by Harry Weinstein

    It wasn't one of the films in competition. It won something arguably more important for a big-budget film: most of it's production costs back in pre-sales, and a lot of terrific word-of-mouth.

  • May 29, 2006, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Big Irish Question

    by RichJohnston

    The Loach film, though set in the twenties, has parallels to more recent history. Just as any film about Palestinians trying to win back their territories would have similar parallels. That Loach doesn't make a one-sided film is not only to his credit, but also makes for a more challenging movie, when all viewpoints are put to the test. My own view of the situation is that the English, the Scottish and the Welsh have no particular desire to hold onto Northern Ireland and would be happy to hand Northern Ireland to Eire. However there's this pecky thing they've invented called democracy and the majority of the Northern Irish wish to remain British, no matter how many people get bombed or kneecapped. What is NORAID's situation post-9/11 anyway? It did seem tragically ironic that IRA fundraising was done so much in NEw York. Are people less willing to donate these days?

  • May 29, 2006, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Of course what Loach may get in trouble for...

    by RichJohnston

    ...is the link between the Irish as portrayed, with an audience rooting for then, and the current Iraqi insurgents. That one could run and run.

  • May 29, 2006, 11:57 p.m. CST

    irishfella

    by Floyd_Dylan

    I hope so, I want to make it clear I have nothing against the Irish, or Americans in general, I'm just totally against murder or the support of murder in north and south of Ireland, or anywhere else in the world.

  • May 29, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST

    what's the difference between the palm d'or

    by Gay Jesus Christ

    and the grand prix? can you win both at the same time?

  • May 30, 2006, 12:09 a.m. CST

    i believe...

    by havocSchultz

    which means i could totally be making it up, but i believe the palm d'or id the top prize, and the grand prix is the runner-up spot...the bridesmaid if you so wish...like i said - not sure if that's true or not, i think i heard it somewhere... alas... i guess we'll never know...

  • May 30, 2006, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Still no Obit for the late, great Paul Gleason?

    by LeiaDown&FuckHer

    I mean the man was a legend, a fantastic and truly memorable character actor, and sadly died of Cancer last saturday, and days later still no recognition whatsoever. It just aint right.

  • May 30, 2006, 8:59 p.m. CST

    DavidCamp... I had to laugh

    by workshed

    You're right - 'Kes' isn't the greatest film ever made but where i come from (Barnsley, UK) there are many who would tell you it's their fave flick and the one that genuinely affected them more than any other film in the history of cinema. No word of a lie but i have been in a room where about 30 heavily-inebriated men sat for 90 minutes and knew EVERY word and at the end of the movie nearly all were in tears. I happen to love Loach's stuff and that may be due to a convergence in our political outlooks but that doesn't overlook the fact that he manages to get unforgettable performances out of his casts (usually of unknown and untried actors) and his obvious enmity with his chosen subject matter whatever that mey be from film to film. He is quite clearly a man of passion whether you agree with him or not and that make his worth 100 of the director currently 'working' in Hollywood today. Lastly, I can't believe that anyone would find Kes "monotonous (the definition of 'monotonous' being, of course, 'to be of a singular tone') and boring". In my eyes you deserve the full wrath of Mr.Grice for that remark alone but long after you are dead the films of Mr.Loach will live on for his legions of fans. And we are a lot more hardcore than any Star Wars/LotR buff let me tell you.