It's a Free World... (2007)

Director
Ken Loach

Main cast
Kierston Wareing; Juliet Ellis; Leslaw Zurek; Colin Caughlin; Joe Siffleet

Genres
Drama

Description
The film focuses on Angie (Kierston Wareing), a working class woman who, after being fired by the agency that she works for, decides to set up a recruitment agency of her own, running it from her kitchen with her friend Rose (Juliet Ellis). Taking advantage of the desperation of immigrants, Angie is able to build a successful business extremely quickly.


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