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Watched: 1 December

A fascinating documentary by Katherine Round that explores the vast (and increasing) gaps between the rich and poor in the United States and the UK, using seven different people as case studies. Interestingly, Round finds that her subjects have some common ground and shared concerns, wherever they may fit within a purely economic scale, and it’s often related to working hours and a subsequent lack of family time. There’s insightful commentary from the likes of Noam Chomsky and Kwame Anthony Appiah, but the most fascinating moments in the film are spent with the various Americans and Brits whose lives Round briefly follows, such as a Glaswegian rapper, an incarcertated three-strikes prisoner and a workaholic Wall Street psychologist. (***½)


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