“I, Daniel Blake”, the social film of Ken Loach

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i-daniel-blakeThe film “I, Daniel Blake” is released in French theaters today. This political movie is a British drama directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty. In May 2016, it won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film is starred by Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, and Briana Shann.

Daniel Blake is a 59-year-old carpenter. He must appeal to social assistance following heart problems, as his doctor forbade him to work. However, the job center forces him to find a new job. During an appointment, Daniel meets Katie, a single mother of two children. Daniel and Katie will try to help each other : a human, social and friendship story !

Through this film, the politically engaged director wants to show how working affects the social and human relationships. Both characters are caught in nets of administrative aberrations of today’s Britain.

The French magazine L’Obs affirms: “Ken Loach gives the voice to those who are never heard.” 

By Thomas Louisy, IEJ 3F

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