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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

R | | Drama | 21 October 2016 (UK)
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A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after suffering a heart attack is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 17 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Dylan
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Employment Support Allowance Assessor
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A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humor, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional until the end.

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Trivia

The film was shot in chronological order. Lead actress Hayley Squires was not given the entire script to read before filming. She only was given fragments as accompanying scenes were shot. See more »

Goofs

When Daniel is in the benefits office the adviser Ann notices he looks unwell and sits him down and gives Daniel a plastic cup of water. Initially when Daniel gets the cup there are two or three cups stick together, as sometimes happens, the film then cuts away and then back and Daniels cup has become just one plastic cup. See more »

Quotes

Job Centre Floor Manager: There's a special number if you've been diagnosed as dyslexic.
Daniel: Right, can you give us that 'coz with computers, I'm dyslexic.
Job Centre Floor Manager: You'll find it online sir.
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Featured in Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016) See more »

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Composed by Ronald Binge
Performed by 'The Alan Perry/William Gardner Orchestra'
(1963)
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From Britain to China, workers' very own solidarity is their social security
8 October 2016 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

This movie caught me by my heart, like every other piece by Laverty- Loach cooperation. It is not a thriller, there are no twists, no peaks of emotions. It shows the naked reality of our everyday lives with its great pains and humor at the same time. But, the "banality" of these great pains is the strength of the movie, it shows how every encounter with the system is the time we face the reality of the system and look for someone who will give a hand us to survive it. Of course, this is mostly valid for the working class. The film softly depicts that it is not a socialist propaganda, because when truly shown the reality itself unveils as a socialist propaganda.

But the film is not another documentaristic presentation of the everyday life of a worker, as it also shows how to cope with all these we experience. It is the formation of a solidarity with others like us, the woman in the queue, the Chinese in the factory, the black in the warehouse, the clerk at the office... We are already connected, even with those in other continents. Once we see someone shouting with his writing on the wall, we should shout with him with our voice. If one of them writes a letter, another should spread its word.

A shot in the head of the Britain's social security system, a great call for solidarity.


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