I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake

DVD - 2016
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Daniel Blake, 59, has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, after a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the State for the first time in his life. he crosses paths with a single mother, Katie, and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie's only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn't know some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man's land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of "striver and skiver" in modern day Britain.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Mongrel Media,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE I
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (100 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches

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jaketaz777
Aug 10, 2018

Living through all this in the way he did is only possible by the love of GOD, and his reward awaits him at his resurrection.

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strider643
Aug 02, 2018

I found this movie slow and boring. Didn't interest me at all.

This Ken Loach masterpiece shows the tragedy of poverty and triumph of love. This movie illustrates how powerful a small act of kindness can heal and how a small act of petty cruelty can affect a life. I believe Daniel's goodness will live on through his friends. Haunting and sad. There is real humour, love and suffering in this story. Subtitle display helpful to catch all dialogue.

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empbee
Jun 06, 2018

Nice part is the friendship between two struggling persons.

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beckythecat1
Jun 04, 2018

Excellent. Very insightful. Damn the government bureaucracy (in England and in Oregon) for all the people who fall through the cracks.

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LauraSteinert
Apr 15, 2018

SLOW, SLOW, SLOW paced. Accent so thick I couldn't understand most of it. The closed captions come in big batches and disappear quickly. While I appreciate the concept of authenticity of a variety of UK accents, bad subtitles made me give up after two hours.

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gnomenut
Mar 26, 2018

The most powerful film I've seen in a very long time. Moving and tear-inducing, yet the film doesn't play for pity. Instead, an outstanding story and superb acting throw light on the face of a public service focused on petty rules rather than on actually providing service, and you can't help but feel the frustration, the anger, and the growing isolation, of characters trying to work with a system that has detached itself from common sense and reason. Very well done. If you want to be moved, this is the film.

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lavasushi
Mar 21, 2018

Bureaucratic injustice, red tape, working class confusion and sadness. Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is dropped into a modern society that has changed since he started working. Solitary, with others around, searching for jobs on a complicated system rings true. I thought his encounter with Katie (Hayley Squires), and her ADHD son and incredibly insightful daughter we a bit contrived. But that wasn’t the point of the story. Katie is going through the same red tape in a different department. Sad.

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graybear1
Feb 25, 2018

Recommended! How convoluted systems prevent good people who need temporary aid from getting it, and then the downward spiral that ensues. How working people can be just one negative incident away from winding up hungry and homeless. Heavy Brit accents: For subtitles, use the "subtitles" button on your DVD player's remote -- there's nothing on the DVD's menu.

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ms_mustard
Feb 20, 2018

another great Loach comment on society - maybe his last.
excellent doc on Loach's film making history in the special features.

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