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:: Raining Stones

This is possibly a good movie to put things into perspective watch if the inanity and frustrations of work are getting too much to bear - the problems of a lack of work are far worse.

Raining Stones is a 1993 film by British director Ken Loach, a name synonymous with tales of working class Britons doing it hard. The main character, Bob Williams, is out of work, living on a disintegrating public housing estate, struggling to get by and support his wife Anne and daughter Colleen. Through various bits and pieces of work and dodgy dealings here and there he is barely able to keep his head above water. The family are Catholic, and Colleen’s confirmation is coming up. Bob may be poor and out of a job, but he has his pride, and he wants her to have a new dress just like all the other girls. When the van he depends on is stolen, things go from bad to worse.

Raining Stones is a film about the slow, grinding horror of poverty, the million petty humiliations and indignities of being poor. The existence of the welfare state means that Bob and his family won’t starve, but they won’t live a particularly wonderful life either. Supporting characters include Father Barry, the local priest, and Jimmy, Bob’s socialist father-in-law who regards the church as just another facet of the system that is crushing them all into the dust.

The film seems so authentic that it almost has a documentary feel to it. The last part of the film, although definitely not a Hollywood ending, does have a bit too much of a generic ‘good vs evil’ standoff about it, but the overall this is a film of intelligence and real substance.

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