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 DA
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
DVD
videodisc
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (100 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches

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coffeedad
Dec 11, 2017

This is a heart wrenching film. You can really feel and relate to the characters frustrations with red tape, government offices, filing papers, etc. Their friendship is light in a very bleak place. It was incredibly sad and unfortunately way too realistic as our world keeps changing and jobs become more scarce.

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Daylight62
Dec 08, 2017

A really good but heart-wrenching movie about being caught in the red tape of the system and, also, about true friendship. The ending is not the outcome that is hoped for.

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sladybob
Nov 21, 2017

SPOILER ALERT....

Great story, well acted. But the ending ......

We watched this all through, hoping for a happy ending.
But the end left us feeling depressed and wishing we hadn't bothered

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richmole
Oct 21, 2017

Often hilarious in a darkly funny way...BUT...
This is no comedy, and the ending is NOT what you'd expect...and may not be what you want...

The Preferred View: The "Nanny" state isn't doing many people many favours.

The Alternative View: If people were more self-reliant and planned ahead--they wouldn't need the nanny state, which, in the end, fails many of them...

I'd give it four stars. Great performance by the lead.

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betron
Oct 18, 2017

This is a very poignant movie of real life and makes you sympathize with what it must be like to be poor and the hurdles vulnerable people have to overcome to exist. Excellent and well acted. Not surprised it won the Palme D'Or. We have to be more caring of each other.

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