I, Daniel Blake (2016) Monday, 30 March 2020

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Aye, Daniel bleak.

  • Starring:

    Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann, Dylan McKiernan, Kate Rutter

  • Directed by:

    Ken Loach

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man is arrested. Friends playfight. A tile falls from a wall and breaks. Shoplifting, graffiti. Yelling, arguing. Criminal damage mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead body. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Major heart attack mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Prostitution (implied). Shirtless man, cleavage, lingerie.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A man takes prescription pills. Smoking. Going to the pub for a pint mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, bloody, bastard, p*ss, tw*ts, w*nker. Religious exclamations (Jesus, oh my God).

  • THEMES:

    Welfare, support payments, single parenting, poverty, heart conditions, bureaucratic cruelty, social justice, the system, appeals, forms, working class, council housing, jobseekers, food banks, hunger, dignity, rock bottom, small acts of kindness, carpentry, widowers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead friend, payment demand notice. Dead wife mentioned. Funeral setting. Dogs, dog poo, toilet. Loss of bowel control, major heart attack mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Unblinking, neo-realist, moving, relevant, tender, warm, funny, damning, urgent, rallying, contemporary, wrenching, relatable, succinct, furious, blunt, dignified, unadorned, unapologetic, touching, rudimentary, intimate. Powerful/moving/restrained/convincing performance by Dave Jones, emotional/subdued/convincing performance by Hayley Squires, incisive characterisations, simple/powerful storytelling, amusing opening scene, heart-wrenching food bank scene, minimal score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Predictable. Repeated indignations nudge the story into soapbox/melodrama.

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