Completed - ENGLISH - Drama - 116 minutes
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Paul BRANNIGAN, John HENSHAW, William RUANE, Gary MAITLAND, Jasmin RIGGINS, Siobhan REILLY, Roger ALLAM
Rebecca O'BRIEN (Sixteen Films), Pascal CAUCHETEUX (Why Not Productions)
Robbie sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time. Overwhelmed by the moment, he swears that Luke will not have the same tragic life he has had. But with Leonie’s father determined to chase him from Glasgow, and local hood Clancy hunting him down from the past, Robbie feels like a cornered rat. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, he's given one last chance... While serving a community service order, he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo who, like him, find it impossible to find work because of their criminal records.Little did Robbie imagine how turning to drink might change their lives - not cheap Buckfast wine, but the amber nectar, the best malt whiskies in the world. His newly discovered talent - a fine palate and a delicate “nose” - combined with the boldest brass neck - leads Robbie and his crew to the strange world of fresh air and open spaces, the Scottish Highlands, and the biggest gamble of their lives. Will it be “slopping out” for the next twenty years, or a new future with “Uisge Beatha”, the “Water of Life?” Only the angels know
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Cannes 2012 Competition