Thursday, June 24, 2010

Land and Freedom (1995): review- 3/10

A girl discovers letters and clippings among the posessions of her recently deceased grandfather. These tell the story of his involvement, as a young communist, with the fight against Fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War and his increasing sense of disillusion.

At the heart of the film is a lengthy political debate among villagers and combatants: this is little more than an exchange of slogans. Indeed, the whole film suffers from naivity and fails to examine the issues behind the Spanish Civil War or to show why a young working-class Liverpudlian with no Spanish or combat experience would take the extraordinary step of going to fight in the Spanish Civil War.

As so often in Loach films, the acting is often weak, and the film fails as a simple character study.

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