I, Daniel Blake
2016, UK-France-Belgium, 100′, Color, English
Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Briana Shann, Dylan McKiernan
2016 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or Winner
“People” are more than social security numbers.
This is a drama with a fierce, simple dignity of its own. Ken Loach is back with a protest cry for common humanity.
Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time in his life, he needs help from the State Fond. His path crosses with Katie; a young single mother 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. Now here, 300 miles away from her home, Katie and Daniel 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. “I, Daniel Blake” intervenes in the messy, ugly world of poverty with the secular intention of making us see that it really is happening, and in a prosperous nation, too, representing the fact that poverty in the highest “social welfare” countries has no difference than the poverty in rest of the world.