This is England

“This is England”, 2006, England

Even before watching the movie, the viewer can predict what it is all about, by only reading the title. It proudly announces: This is England!  The world presented in this production is again one of great challenges, misfortunes and struggle. Stage is set in 1983, in a country dominated that time by an intense search for identity and moral values.

The film does not shy away from exposing social issues and presents them in the most realistic way possible. Issues surrounding poverty, racism and the Falklands War in the 80’s are aspects largely presented in the plot, constituting elements which give meaning to the action and shapes the main idea of the production.

The action is based on the typical life of a working class 12-year-old boy, who, affected by the loss of his father in the Falklands War, decides to join a gang of skinheads whom he accidentally meets. His life becomes on that moment a dilemma, a struggle between the desire to revenge his father and the conscience of the fact that what he is doing is wrong.

After watching it, people are given a whole new perspective on life and society in general. It unfolds a world which it long gone we might say, but in fact it continues to exist at a different scale even nowadays.

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