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Ken Loach's nostalgic homage to the birth of the welfare state and Beveridge spirit is salutary for our age of austerity

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A salutary reminder of exactly what Ken Loach is for

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As honest as it is refreshingly hopeful

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Provides a platform for memories that are worth savouring and learning from

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By turns moving, angering, and inspiring

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Ken Loach uses eloquent archive footage and contemporary interviews

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Director Ken Loach’s timely and gloriously partisan documentary harkens back to a key moment in British politics

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Powerful, rousing and saddening

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His evocative calibrating of the footage makes one wish there was more to come

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A fascinating and important documentary that demands to be seen

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Both compelling and meaningful

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Film of the Week

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Stirring stuff which deserves to be seen

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Passionate and deeply personal but done with Loach's usual humane intelligence as well as a patient elegance of style. It made me cry.

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Moving and compulsive, the euphoria of 1945 needs to be revisited and remembered

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Films are rarely this committed or, indeed, persuasive

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Should be compulsory viewing

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The archive footage is carefully chosen and often quite wonderful

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StarStarStarStar

Ken Loach's nostalgic homage to the birth of the welfare state and Beveridge spirit is salutary for our age of austerity

StarStarStarStar

A salutary reminder of exactly what Ken Loach is for

The Spirit of '45: where did it go? - The Observer

Ken Loach on cinema as an act of rebellion - Time Out

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