I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake

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This is an astonishing story of triumph and adversity in modern day Britain. Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner for most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie who is battling to keep her two young children fed. Daniel and Katie find themselves in a no-man's land, striving to pull themselves out of the welfare bureaucracy of modern day Britain. Award winning and critically lauded, I, Daniel Blake is the vital film for our times.
Description: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, colour ; 12 cm
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD IDan

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This Ken Loach masterpiece shows the tragedy of poverty and triumph of love. This movie illustrates how powerful a small act of kindness can heal and how a small act of petty cruelty can affect a life. I believe Daniel's goodness will live on through his friends. Haunting and sad. There is real humour, love and suffering in this story. Subtitle display helpful to catch all dialogue.

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empbee
Jun 06, 2018

Nice part is the friendship between two struggling persons.

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beckythecat1
Jun 04, 2018

Excellent. Very insightful. Damn the government bureaucracy (in England and in Oregon) for all the people who fall through the cracks.

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LauraSteinert
Apr 15, 2018

SLOW, SLOW, SLOW paced. Accent so thick I couldn't understand most of it. The closed captions come in big batches and disappear quickly. While I appreciate the concept of authenticity of a variety of UK accents, bad subtitles made me give up after two hours.

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gnomenut
Mar 26, 2018

The most powerful film I've seen in a very long time. Moving and tear-inducing, yet the film doesn't play for pity. Instead, an outstanding story and superb acting throw light on the face of a public service focused on petty rules rather than on actually providing service, and you can't help but feel the frustration, the anger, and the growing isolation, of characters trying to work with a system that has detached itself from common sense and reason. Very well done. If you want to be moved, this is the film.

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lavasushi
Mar 21, 2018

Bureaucratic injustice, red tape, working class confusion and sadness. Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is dropped into a modern society that has changed since he started working. Solitary, with others around, searching for jobs on a complicated system rings true. I thought his encounter with Katie (Hayley Squires), and her ADHD son and incredibly insightful daughter we a bit contrived. But that wasn’t the point of the story. Katie is going through the same red tape in a different department. Sad.

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graybear1
Feb 25, 2018

Recommended! How convoluted systems prevent good people who need temporary aid from getting it, and then the downward spiral that ensues. How working people can be just one negative incident away from winding up hungry and homeless. Heavy Brit accents: For subtitles, use the "subtitles" button on your DVD player's remote -- there's nothing on the DVD's menu.

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breemu
Dec 18, 2017

The poor are shoved completely over the edge when most in need - intentionally and without even a pretense of caring - because no one can possibly follow all the rules and jump through all the hoops that they, and they alone, are expected to.

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tuan_canada
Dec 14, 2017

Based on true events and yet it's so unreal to see the indignity these unfortunate people have suffered in this film. Bureacracy can be a real pain. This movie made me angry.

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8217549
Dec 13, 2017

From the end credits: «A very special thanks to workers within the DWP [Department for Work and Pensions] and PCS [Public and Commercial Services] Union who provided us with invaluable information but who must remain anonymous.»

The incident involving Katie at the foodbank really happened to a woman in Glasgow who Paul Laverty met while researching his script.

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