Hard-hitting social realist director Ken Loach took a break from sternly examining the injustices and hardships of the world a couple of years ago, delighting critics with the crowd-pleasing Looking for Eric. Now he’s back to business, at long last turning his political eye to the Iraq War in Route Irish.

Loach, whose Irish War drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley took home the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2006, once again teams with his regular writing collaborator Paul Laverty, bringing us the story of a British soldier-turned-security contractor in Iraq who rejects the official explanation of his friend’s death and sets out to discover the truth. The film premiered as a last minute addition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival to middling reviews. A number of critics praised Loach’s intent, but felt it was a lesser work in his filmmography. Why take their word for it though? Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

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