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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Published in I
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 22:45
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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.