I, Daniel Blake (2016)

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Revealing the gaps in the social safety net, I, Daniel Blake, is a tale centered around a blue collar worker navigating the welfare system in England. At a time where class and social mobility could not be more politically salient, this film calls into question the notion of the “citizen” and exposes the inaccessibility to the social protections in which one presumes entitlement.

At the forefront of this, is a heart-warming parable of paternal companionship between Daniel (played by Dave Johns) and a single mother – Katie – (played by Hayley Squires) who is wading through similar terrain. The acting in the film is unfathomably raw which cultivates the deepest source of gut wrenching compassion. Ken Loach has created a film that exposes the true power of empathy, leaving you feeling helplessly human.

Review by Ashley Mantha-Hollands.

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    In my opinion this movie has been rewarded with far too much praise than what it deserves. I do believe it is a half decent movie, although it has numerous flaws that could have been handled in a greater fashion. The story line is definitely the anchor to this ship. Empathy and sympathy is what drives the audience to relate and feel for the characters, it truly is an underdog story. Even though the narrative is the drive of the movie, the acting is barely credible to say the least. The child actors portrayed a pretty poor performance, which was… Read more »

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