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Film / The Angels' Share

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The Angels' Share is a 2012 Scottish film directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty. It stars Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, William Ruane, Gary Maitland, Jasmin Riggins, and Siobhan Reilly. The film won the Jury Prize of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Robbie is a jobless and violent young man from Glasgow who narrowly avoids a prison sentence. He is soon to be father and determined to turn over a new leaf and when he and his friends from the same community payback group visit a whisky distillery, a route to a new life becomes apparent. At a tasting session, the group learns about a cask of priceless malt whisky set to go on auction soon, and plans to steal it. They dress in kilts as "nobody ever suspects someone wearing a kilt".

This movie provides examples of:

  • The Ditz: Albert. Proves to be a Genius Ditz later on.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Actually, Albert has two points: he has got the idea to wear kilts and he guesses that the price of the bottles should be higher if some of them are destroyed.
  • Feuding Families: Robbie's father and Leonie's father fought each other in the past.
  • Kitchen Sink Drama: It's a Ken Loach film, what did you expect?
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: We know Robbie's plan will work out because, as he begins to explain it to the others, the camera zooms out and his words are no longer audible.