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Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.
(NR, 101 min.)

Sorry We Missed You will not be available for public rental or sale for several months but Zeitgeist Films is making it accessible for home viewing here. The Moxie will get a portion of all proceeds.

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Ricky, a former laborer, and his home-attendant wife Abby—who lost their home in the 2008 financial crash—are desperate to get out of their financial distress. When an opportunity comes up for Ricky to work as his own boss as a delivery driver, they sell their only asset, Abby’s car, to trade it in for a shiny new white van and the dream that Ricky can work his way up to someday owning his own delivery franchise. But the couple find their lives are quickly pushed further to the edge by an unrelenting work schedule, a ruthless supervisor and the needs of their two teenage children. [Zeitgeist Films]

Starring: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone
Director: Ken Loach
Genre: Drama

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"Sorry We Missed You is, simply, one of his best films that links the personal and the political."

— Ed Frankl, The Film Stage

"As typical as it may sound from the outside, tender and devastating in turn, “Sorry We Missed You” is essential viewing."

— Bradley Warren, The Playlist

"A drama of such searing human empathy and quotidian heartbreak that its powerful climactic scenes actually impede your breathing."

— David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"Well-researched and highly detailed in how it lays bare the empty promises of the gig economy and the ruthless techno-feudalism of e-commerce, Sorry We Missed You is a movie that will infuriate you. But what makes it one of Loach’s best isn’t just its rage (which is plentiful) but its compassion (which is overwhelming)."

— Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine (Vulture)