Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen
  • 2002
  • UK
  • 1h 46min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Written by: Paul Laverty
  • Cast: Martin Compston, William Ruane, Annmarie Fulton, Michelle Abercrombie, Michelle Coulter, Gary McCormack

Cheeky west coast ned Liam (Compston) is awaiting his mother's release from prison. Pa's not around, so Liam, determined to give his ma a new home and a better life, begins dealing drugs. Loach's no frills working method sits well with screenwriter Paul Laverty's straightforward storytelling, which prioritises character development over fancy plotting. In his first screen role Greenock local Compston excels as the tough kid with a tender heart, and it's his performance which lifts the film, imbuing it with both warmth and humour and countering the balance between worthy polemic and highly watchable drama.

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