I, Daniel Blake

A middle aged carpenter, who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.


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  • ★★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    For the majority of its runtime, it's something along the lines of this year's The Measure of a Man, but even starker and even stronger -- much stronger actually (coming from someone who quite likes TMoaM), and no comparisons could do this film justice. For me, Ken Loach's best film since Sweet Sixteen (which I thought was his best film since Kes), and maybe his best film in general. Cried, and cried, and cried my eyes out. No idea what to do with myself right now.

  • ★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

    more like I, DANIEL *BLEAK* amiright??

    rhetorical question — of course i'm right.

    Ken Loach is mad. so mad. but mad can be good. here, it results in a misrerabilist real-world riff on BRAZIL that isn't afraid to point fingers or name names (as the title makes clear). Maren Ade didn't want that filthy Palme d'Or, anyway.

  • ★★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    somebody slap me silly,

    to stop these stinging sobs.

  • ★★★★★ review by Greg Davies on Letterboxd

    I understand why this won Palme d'Or. It is the saddest film Iv'e seen all year and it is a harsh reality for many who slip through the rift's of society.There were people crying all over the theatre and if there was a cinematographer of the year award, it would go to Robbie Ryan for his work here and in American Honey. I believe everyone needs to see this film as it cries for humanity in it's honest approach on how hard life can be. We all must strive to be like Daniel, he has property and belongings but his true assets are his honesty and compassion.

  • ★★★½ review by CJ Probst on Letterboxd

    So this won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a prestigious award often given to films that advance the language of film in one way or another.

    This film by the consistently reliable Ken Loach was incredibly okay. Solidly alright.

    To ensure confusion, one only need look up the list of films that it was selected over.

    This begs the question, did everyone on the judges' panel at Cannes last year happen to be an unemployed British person?

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