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thumbnail I, Daniel Blake (2016 UK)

Drama, Event, Genre , trackback

Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
Genre: Drama
Duration: 100 mins

Winner of the 2016 Palme d’Or at Cannes, Ken Loach was so distressed with the state of modern Britain that he came out of retirement to make this film. The title character is a 59-year-old carpenter who’s just buried his wife and suffered a heart attack. Blake’s illness prevents him, on doctor’s orders, from returning to work which means he can’t pay the rent on his housing unit without aid from the welfare system. The Byzantine roadblocks set up to prevent Daniel from getting his due are handled with bruising humor and barely concealed rage. Nobility and dignity for the ordinary person are values Loach has always championed and they are at the very heart of this film.

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