I, Daniel Blake (2016)
July 13, 2017 8:57 AM - Subscribe

After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance. The newest from critically acclaimed director Ken Loach.
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Simultaneously warm and engaging and heartbreakingly, desperately sad.

I was moved by the way that Katie falling into prostitution was treated as very sad, but not at all as a reason to write her off as a human being or treat her as ruined in some way.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:58 AM on July 13, 2017

Just here to say I adore Ken Loach and I'm so psyched to see this as it's directly connected with the work I do: trying to support people navigating the remains of the welfare system, albeit in a very different context of California.
posted by latkes at 10:53 AM on July 13, 2017

Just even the trailers fill me with so much rage I am 99% sure I cannot bear to see this. This is not a film about bureaucratic forces of the system so much as it is a film about the consequences of the unapologetic Tory war on the poor, disabled and vulnerable. People are literally killing themselves because they've been left with nothing.
posted by DarlingBri at 11:13 AM on July 13, 2017 [1 favorite]

I watch probably a dozen horror films a month and none of them have anything as traumatizing as the food bank scene.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:21 AM on June 27

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