Cathy is a young, attractive, working-class woman married to Reg. The couple quickly finds themselves in dire financial straits and a downward social climb due to the inflexibility of Britain’s rigid and problem-ridden welfare system.
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A so-called mockumentary, and one of the most powerful, considering it deals with radical issues of homelessness and poverty in Britain, understated and overlooked at the time the film was created. Super fast cuts, beautiful super gritty film. Brief voiceovers of other stories intertwine with this one, a family on a helpless downward spiral to rock bottom. Agonizing.
A must-see. I lost my shit pretty quick: nothing has changed in the UK since then. Slum landlords and sublets are a part of everyday when you're poor in the UK. Only a few cosmetic changes here and there: the housing crisis is worse than ever and the food banks are overwhelmed and struggle to provide every person with food. Fucking Thatcher, fucking Cameron!