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
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Dec 18, 2017

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

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.

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.

Dec 11, 2017

This is a heart wrenching film. You can really feel and relate to the characters frustrations with red tape, government offices, filing papers, etc. Their friendship is light in a very bleak place. It was incredibly sad and unfortunately way too realistic as our world keeps changing and jobs become more scarce.

Dec 08, 2017

A really good but heart-wrenching movie about being caught in the red tape of the system and, also, about true friendship. The ending is not the outcome that is hoped for.

Nov 21, 2017


Great story, well acted. But the ending ......

We watched this all through, hoping for a happy ending.
But the end left us feeling depressed and wishing we hadn't bothered

Nov 01, 2017

Set in contemporary England ('New Labour' or Tory, what's the difference?), this is the affecting story of an honest man and a poor single mother caught in the Kafkaesque toils (and vocabulary) of the social services' bureaucracy. The decency, kindness and mutual help of ordinary people shine in contrast to a rules crazy 'State' that treats the unemployed as scroungers. The actors are superb, the script is almost perfect, and Ken Loach's direction is faultless. A moving film, not to be missed.

Oct 21, 2017

Often hilarious in a darkly funny way...BUT...
This is no comedy, and the ending is NOT what you'd expect...and may not be what you want...

The Preferred View: The "Nanny" state isn't doing many people many favours.

The Alternative View: If people were more self-reliant and planned ahead--they wouldn't need the nanny state, which, in the end, fails many of them...

I'd give it four stars. Great performance by the lead.

Oct 18, 2017

This is a very poignant movie of real life and makes you sympathize with what it must be like to be poor and the hurdles vulnerable people have to overcome to exist. Excellent and well acted. Not surprised it won the Palme D'Or. We have to be more caring of each other.

Oct 16, 2017

A very compelling, important film. It should be required viewing for anyone in public service.

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