The Old Oak

Trailer Review

STARR · RHINEBECK

Opens April 26

Director Ken Loach, known for his humanistic stories with acute observations on social issues (and who holds the record for most films in the main competition at Cannes), claims The Old Oak to “probably” be his last film. For his rumored finale to a fierce and thoughtful career, Loach turns his eye to blue collar landlord TJ Ballantyne. Ballantyne’s life is about maintaining his pub as the last public meetup in a dying mining town. When Syrian refugees are placed there, it shifts the meaning of public space, causing tension in the community and inspiring friendship between unlikely people. (Ken Loach, Belgium/France/UK, 2023, 113m)

“Loach’s film-making language is utterly without the cynical twang that is de rigueur for everyone else…(This) is a ringing statement of faith in compassion for the oppressed.” —The Guardian