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I, Daniel Blake

Directed by Ken Loach
United Kingdom, France, 2016


Daniel Blake, 59, has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, after a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the State for the first time in his life.

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I, Daniel Blake Directed by Ken Loach
At the heart of Loach’s cinema is an ability to take large ideas and phenomena—such as the way the rise of neoliberal capitalism goes hand in hand with the hollowing out of the welfare state—and translate them into human-scale dramas that feel compellingly detailed, genuine, and truthful.
January 16, 2018
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One of the most important films of 2016; there couldn’t be a more timely moment for a film about the value of citizenship, and to issue a protest against the increasingly powerful dehumanizing forces of what you might call “client culture”… It’s a drama very precisely about the present moment in the U.K.; but its resonances are much broader, and it will strike a chord in any culture where people are experiencing economic hard times.
December 21, 2016
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It’s easy to forget that his films are hilarious. When they’re not screaming at indifferent and hostile government agents, Daniel and Katie eke out some valuable downtime, which are both casually warm and often quite funny. They’re great together and apart; Squires is a particular revelation and one of 2016’s best breakthroughs. Then there are those times that Loach and Laverty simply go too far. Still, even when they do, they always find a way back.
December 20, 2016
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