Ken Loach's portrait of an aging Newcastle carpenter denied benefits formerly afforded to him and subjected to the nightmarish, Kafkaesque bureaucracy of the British welfare system won the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Dave Johns brings crusty authority to the part of Daniel Blake, and his righteous indignation rings true. Hayley Squires is a revelation as Katie, a young welfare mom recently priced out of ever-gentrifying London, with whom Daniel forms an important and sustaining friendship. Outstanding British Film of the Year, 2017 BAFTA Awards. DIR Ken Loach; SCR Paul Laverty; PROD Rebecca O'Brien. UK/France/Belgium, 2016, color, 100 min. NOT RATED

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Ken Loach
100 Minutes
Wednesday, May 09, 2018