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.

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

    somebody slap me silly,

    to stop these stinging sobs.

  • ★★★★½ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd

    One of the saddest films of the year so far, Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake is a humane, compassionate, and brutally honest drama featuring a heartfelt and emotionally powerful lead performance from Dave Johns as the title character.

  • ★★★★½ 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.

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