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My Name Is Joe (Mein Name ist Joe) (1999)

My Name Is Joe (Mein Name ist Joe)



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Actor Peter Mullan won the 1998 Cannes Film Festival "Best Actor" award with this film, directed by Ken Loach (Carla's Song, Ladybird, Ladybird). The drama is set in Possilpark, one of Glasgow's poorest neighborhoods, a rough section where half the population is out of work. Unemployed reformed alcoholic Joe Kavanagh (Mullan) does odd jobs and manages a stumbling soccer team. One of the players is Liam (David McKay), in debt to hood McGowan (David Hayman). Liam and junkie Sabine (Annemarie Kennedy) are raising a small son. After Joe meets social worker Sarah (Louise Goodall), he and his pal Shanks show up to help in the wallpapering of Sarah's apartment. This job creates a problem for Joe with the local unemployment office, until Sarah steps in to cover. It's the beginning of a romance, and Joe and Sarah make an effort to help Liam and Sarah when they are threatened by the loan sharks. Mullan commented, "The drug problem in that place is so serious that people are passive. They are corralled in a sort of dog-eat-dog environment where humans meet to laugh and thrive but have no hope of getting out." Scripted by former lawyer Paul Laverty, the film is inspired by the first half of Loach's Carla's Song. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
Rating: R (for pervasive language and some violence, sexuality and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Written By: Paul Laverty
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On DVD: Jun 15, 1999
Artisan Pictures


Peter Mullan
as Joe Kavanagh
Louise Goodall
as Sarah Downie
David Hayman
as McGowan
Gary Lewis
as Shanks
Scott Hannah
as Scott (as a baby)
David Peacock
as Hooligan
Cary Carbin
as Sepp Maier
David Hough
as Referee
Sandy West
as DSS Investigator
John Comerford
as DSS Supervisor
Elaine M. Ellis
as 2nd Receptionist
Stewart Ennis
as Doctor Boyle
Bill Murdoch
as Postman
Kate Black
as Kiosk Attendant
Rab Affleck
as Lorry Driver
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Loach in fine form, at the peak of his craft. Proletarian realism does not get better than this.

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Audience Reviews for My Name Is Joe (Mein Name ist Joe)


Not bad. Not bad. A bit of a dip for Loach but there is enough to sustain your interest here.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


peter mullan pulls off one of the best performances i've ever seen as joe, a bruised recovering alcoholic haunted by his addiction and battling the damage done by his former self. a shame that loach's films get so little mainstream press, because this was an oscar-caliber performance for the ages.


Peter Mullan is stunning as Joe, an unemployed alcoholic trying to stay sober and useful. To every Braveheart lover, this is the real Scotland: poverty, drugs, organized crime and despair. A must-see.

John Nielsen

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