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1,520 Ratings

Kes

Directed by Ken Loach
United Kingdom, 1969
Drama

Synopsis

Named by the British Film Institute as one of the ten best British films of the century, Ken Loach’s Kes concerns Billy, a fifteen-year-old miner’s son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life.

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Kes Directed by Ken Loach

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1970

BFI London Film Festival

1969

San Francisco International Film Festival

2014

The New York Film Festival

1970

What are people saying?

  • Pierluigi Puccini's rating of the film Kes

    An achingly beautiful tale. The bucolic music and the landscapes wandered by the formidable protagonist child and his trained kestrel, embellish the cold and austere north of England. The child's tender look upon the bird is that of yearning, beyond the predicaments of acceptance raised in his school and in his own home. Its gritty, unapologetic and sometimes despairing naturalism hits delicate fibres.

  • Checkpoint Charlie's rating of the film Kes

    Childhood as a revolving door of oppression and torment. And though it is most appropriate with the ending it has, I still felt a bit of something of missing. Even still, it is something kids in their teens today could see and identify with; just because you're young doesn't mean your life is any easier than anybody else's, and for some youngsters it's even harder.

  • Francisco R.'s rating of the film Kes

    I grew fond of the amateur actors, all with the right faces, moves and sounds, I grew fond of their simple lives and the very tough reality they convey, but after all I realized how little it takes to salvage a boy's life from its dooming future and how little it takes to leave it back to where it was. A social commentary, a parable, a neorealist masterpiece.

  • Umberto L.'s rating of the film Kes

    A marvellous film, brilliant on every level. One the best of the 1960s, personally. And I can assure you one more thing: there's England inside.

  • comeandsee's rating of the film Kes

    this is one of the greatest films of all time i believe. very few other people, if any are so able to tap into the spirit of the working class as ken loach. the plot is deceptively simple with one boy and his pet, but loach also takes it to another level. the dialogue, the every day events and the relatable qualities are all pitched to a tee. visually, thematically and emotionally perfect. i love this one.

  • Joks's rating of the film Kes

    The audio track on the MGM dvd is brutal! it has a slight muffle at times that makes it difficult to understand what is being said. Couple that with the thick accents and you have a recipe for disaster!!! I generally have no problem understanding 'British accents' whatsoever, but the old dvd of Kes is a struggle. Hope Criterion fix it up.

  • Erik Villasenor's rating of the film Kes

    Naturalistic, wonderfully constructed, scenic, tender, and socially charged. Kes is a truly fantastic film, I can't wait for the criterion release!

  • rrrno's rating of the film Kes

    Momentos muy grandes y momentos chatos rodean la película. La historia muy bien manejada por Loach que logra crear un clima de abandono del muchacho (ausencia del nido materno), y el halcón como única supervivencia para el. La naturalidad de Billy, y el sensiblero modo de contar la película de Loach hacen que la película se vea con agrado.