Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. 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.
- Director: Ken Loach
- Country: UK
- Genre: Drama
- Year: 2016
- Run Time: 01:40:00
- imdb Score: 7.9/10 (20,665 votes)
- Language: English
- Rating: Not Rated
- Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
Edward Douglas - NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"The story is told with stark and fierce plainness: unadorned, unapologetic, even unevolved. Loach’s movie offends against the tacitly accepted rules of sophisticated good taste: subtlety, irony and indirection."
Peter Bradshaw - THE GUARDIAN
"It’s often warm and quite funny, but is, at heart, a damning critique of the Tory government in Britain and their belt-tightening austerity measures, as well as a rallying cry for those who fall through the cracks."
Rory O'ConnorMay - THE FILM STAGE
"A couple of scenes are perhaps too on the nose, but the naturalistic performances are faultless, the righteous anger controlled, and the bleakness dotted with moments of humour and small acts of kindness. I, DANIEL BLAKE is, first and foremost, a deeply humanistic film."
Jamie Graham - TOTAL FILM
"I, DANIEL BLAKE is one of Loach’s finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity that goes right back to the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica."
Owen Gleiberman - VARIETY
Cannes Film Festival 2016
Palme d'Or, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention and Palm DogManitarian Award - Best Director
Locarno Int'l Film Festival 2016
Audience Award - Best Director
Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2016
Most Popular International Feature
San Sebastián Int'l Film Festival 2016
Denver Int'l Film Festival 2016
Stockholm Film Festival 2016
Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2016
Stockholm Int'l Film Festival 2016
New Zealand Int'l Film Festival 2016
New Horizons Film Festival 2016
Locarno Film Festival 2016
Helsinki Int'l Film Festival 2016
Edmonton Int'l Film Festival 2016
New York Film Festival 2016
Busan Int'l Film Festival 2016
Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2016
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