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The Old Oak

The Old Oak
2024 | NR. 1hr 53min
English Subtitles CAST: Dave Turner, Ebla Mari, Claire Rodgerson DIRECTOR: Ken Loach

The Old Oak is the last pub standing in a once thriving mining village in northern England, a gathering space for a community that has fallen on hard times. There is growing anger, resentment, and a lack of hope among the residents, but the pub and its proprietor TJ are a fond presence to their customers. When a group of Syrian refugees move into the floundering village, a decisive rift fueled by prejudices develops between the community and its newest inhabitants. The formation of an unexpected friendship between TJ and a young Syrian woman named Yara opens up new possibilities for the divided village in this deeply moving drama about loss, fear, and the difficulty of finding hope. The release of The Old Oak reunites legendary British director Ken Loach with Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber following our 2020 release of his film Sorry We Missed You. Loach, who is 87 years old, has announced that The Old Oak will be his final film.

Perhaps, then, The Old Oak isn't that "one last great thing". But it is a testament to a director who has never abandoned his beliefs.
Clarisse Loughrey, Independent (UK)
Loach's faith in the human capacity for empathy prevails in the end. Best of all, he brings off this optimistic flourish without the taint of sentimentality.
Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
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