Country: United Kingdom
Run Time: 109 minutes
In 1936, concerned citizens from around the world poured into Spain to help defend the country's Socialist government from Franco's Fascist takeover. Ken Loach's magnificent new film tells th story of a young Liverpudlian named Dave Carr who is drawn into this conflict. Aroused by a speech about th injustices in Spain, he heads to Barcelona to fight for land and freedom. Full of missionary zeal and passion, he rubs shoulders with similarly strong-willed amateur fighters, coping with inadequate arms and fragmented organization. Their exploits, reminiscent of Hemingway's "For Whom The Bell Tolls," are a mixture of triumph and tragedy, love and death. Leavened with a straight-from-the-hip sense of humor and a distinctive love for its characters, LAND AND FREEDOM is an impassioned examination of political idealism confronting a ruthless enemy. Ken Loach has again given us a richly detailed, complex film where the personal and the political are inextricably interwined.
Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Iciar Bollain, Tom Gilroy
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