Family Life Reviews
Startlingly real, always poignant, honest, sad and infuriating and thus difficult to watch at times, the film flows somewhere between fiction and documentary per director Ken Loach's social realist style. The performances are mind numbingly rich, just some of the best I've ever seen, I can't begin to praise, particularly lead Sandy Ratcliff and her parents, Bill Dean and Grace Cave The film really has to be seen.
Loach presents no easy answers or exits while looking into the state of a young woman and her family life as her need to detach grows, which in this case leads to a quiet dissection of Western mental health practices and the core of what society can do to an individual as well as their family. The film is an uncoiling and reveal to it all and a soft, slow fade to defeat.
Family Life is on region 2 through Cahiers Du Cinema and through Spirit in the UK and on VHS too. Highly, highly recommended.