If I had to score a movie based on the number of times I've watched it this one would have to score 100%. I'm not going to though. Everything in this film is brilliantly achieved: the production, the design, the acting all work seamlessly in Loach's characteristic earthy (and often improvised) way, with more than a nod to George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia. Where it most succeeds however is in emotionally grabbing you, consoling you, then wrestling you to the floor and kicking you in the guts as you move from idealistic passion to betrayal and heartbreak along the Orwellian nightmare that was the Spanish civil war. Brilliant.