Raining Stones

Proud, though poor, Bob risks everything for his daughter to wear a beautiful dress for her First Communion.

This Ken Loach film tells the story of a man devoted to his family and his religion. Proud, though poor, Bob wants his little girl to have a beautiful (and costly) brand-new dress for her First Communion. His stubbornness and determination get him into trouble as he turns to more and more questionable measures, in his desperation to raise the needed money. This tragic flaw leads him to risk all that he loves and values, his beloved family, indeed even his immortal soul and salvation, in blind pursuit of that goal.

Raining Stones (1993) on IMDb

LaurelBelgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics - Winner of the Grand Prix
LaurelCannes Film Festival - Winner of the Jury Award
LaurelCinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain - Best Foreign Film Award
LaurelFrench Syndicate of Cinema Critics - Best Foreign Film Award
LaurelGoya Awards - Best European Film Award
Laurel London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Director of the Year

Reviews and More

Brisk, richly characterized fiction that cuts as deeply and truly as any documentary. ” – New York Times

The film is good-hearted and the characters are easy to identify with, but what I liked best was the underlying humor, even in this desperate situation.” – Roger Ebert

Gripping and sadly true to life.” – The Washington Postt

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Ken Loach

One of Britain's greatest filmmakers, Ken Loach has been a pioneer of socially conscious, uncompromising cinema, serving as Britain’s celluloid conscience throughout the last fifty years. From his breakthrough film Kes to the Palm d’Or winning I, Daniel Blake, Loach's career is a testament to cinema's ability to challenge the powerful and champion the causes of the oppressed. Spanning subjects as different as the Spanish Civil War (Land and Freedom) to the Liverpool’s dock work-ins (The Big Flame), witness the work of one of the defining artists of the 20th and 21st century.

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