I can't really describe how watching I, Daniel Blake made me feel. It's set in my hometown, Newcastle Upon Tyne where, call me biased, but people will naturally go out of their way to lend you a hand, and it was painful for me to see the other side of the table where there are clear forces at work to assure people go out of their way to bitterly destroy the lives of those that are at their most vulnerable.
The ending is a little trite, along with Daniel's selfless helping of a single mother thrust into prostitution (after a well constructed emotional gut-punch of a scene in a food bank). Why does his speech have to say that he wants to be treated like a man and not like a dog? Why can't people also try to be nicer to dogs?
It's one of those films for the books! It's a modern Bicycle Thief, a contemporary portrait of real life and how real life is full of inconsistencies, that do not serve us. We created it to serve us, but we end up serving it. Here Daniel doesn't look for a bike but his dignity, the same as de Sicca, Savatini wanted the bicycle to be his job and life, here it is his sense of humanity. Superb!Cried myself to sleep.
This was like being on JSA; mostly boring, but perfectly captured along with the depression - almost to the film's detriment. It betrays it's realism by contriving the most melodramatic story it can (including a flailing digression into hamfisted commentary on sex work being degrading) & also has poor acting & lazy editing, but there are several really great moments. It might've been better told over a longer period.
Devastating portrait of life in austerity-hit UK for those already on the breadline. That it's both tragic and witty means it's Loach's most fully realised effort in years, helped in no small part by a fantastic performance by Hayley Squires. That food bank scene broke me.
this is a delicate rendering of characters with rich inner and outer lives. it feels as though everyone understands the frustration in a silent and collective way of a system that has long penetrated past its threshold of functionality. a system that begs to fall apart but is stitched together at seams of bureaucracy creating a subtle and mutant ether.
Mi ha spaccato in due come non succedeva da tempo,mi è sembrato di vedere un film di De Sica per l'angoscia,la solitudine,la non speranza,l'impossibilità di evitare un destino per un uomo che si trova in qualcosa (anzi,in un mondo)che ormai non gli apprtiene più.Loach ci regala un'altra meraviglia,ha questa meravigliosa capacità riservata agli Eletti di prendere storie piccole e renderle universali: APPLAUSONI.