I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake(15)

11th Oct 2017
Ken Loach - 2016 100 mins
UK
Language English

A 59 year old carpenter, recovering from a heart attack, befriends a single mum and her two children as they navigate their way through the impersonal Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair the journey is both heartfelt and emotional. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A WEDNESDAY NOT A THURSDAY

Score: 95.13%

Some members' comments:

The foodbank scene will stay with me for a long time. Very poignant and frightening. Teresa May should be chained to a chair and forced to watch this film.! Thank God I can use a computer – but I must get a mobile phone! It was like watching the news. An indictment of political indifference. Compulsory viewing for those who carry this on. Required viewing for members of the Westminster cabinet. How very sad that it is so true. Thought provoking and what can we do to stop this cycle? Devestating. Very powerful. I needed subtitles. Got 1 word in 3 maybe but still very compelling. This was NOT an exaggeration. I suspect many will say it was. Beautifully made film, as expected from Ken Loach. Bureaucracy vs Decency. What a lesson. We should all be very ashamed. Speech indistinct – especially Katy. Powerful film. Excellent acting. Horrifically raw. All too believable. A film to make you very angry. Very sad. I thought it was a beautiful portrayal of wonderful relationship blossoming in such a corrupt system. With Ken Loach who needs politicians to put things right. Very powerful – unfortunately so true to life for many people. Did we have anyone from the job centre in the audience! Very powerful with new support arrangments – universal credits etc. it still goes on. Bureaucrats at their worst. Treble A. No witticisms this time. A wonderful but heartbreaking film. Hard Straight to the point. Sad, but true. Very touching. A grey film, filled with colour and light. Voices like Daniel’s must be heard. They should use that as a training video for benefits staff. Loach laid it on a bit thick. I thought Katie’s performance outstanding. Very hard but no doubt true of what can happen in our super computer world.

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