I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake

DVD - 2017
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A carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as together they battle the national health care system.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Mongrel Media,, 2017
Branch Call Number: IDA
Characteristics: 1 dvd (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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LauraSteinert
Apr 15, 2018

SLOW, SLOW, SLOW paced. Accent so thick I couldn't understand most of it. The closed captions come in big batches and disappear quickly. While I appreciate the concept of authenticity of a variety of UK accents, bad subtitles made me give up after two hours.

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gnomenut
Mar 26, 2018

The most powerful film I've seen in a very long time. Moving and tear-inducing, yet the film doesn't play for pity. Instead, an outstanding story and superb acting throw light on the face of a public service focused on petty rules rather than on actually providing service, and you can't help but feel the frustration, the anger, and the growing isolation, of characters trying to work with a system that has detached itself from common sense and reason. Very well done. If you want to be moved, this is the film.

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graybear1
Feb 25, 2018

Recommended! How convoluted systems prevent good people who need temporary aid from getting it, and then the downward spiral that ensues. How working people can be just one negative incident away from winding up hungry and homeless. Heavy Brit accents: For subtitles, use the "subtitles" button on your DVD player's remote -- there's nothing on the DVD's menu.

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breemu
Dec 18, 2017

The poor are shoved completely over the edge when most in need - intentionally and without even a pretense of caring - because no one can possibly follow all the rules and jump through all the hoops that they, and they alone, are expected to.

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tuan_canada
Dec 14, 2017

Based on true events and yet it's so unreal to see the indignity these unfortunate people have suffered in this film. Bureacracy can be a real pain. This movie made me angry.

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8217549
Dec 13, 2017

From the end credits: «A very special thanks to workers within the DWP [Department for Work and Pensions] and PCS [Public and Commercial Services] Union who provided us with invaluable information but who must remain anonymous.»

The incident involving Katie at the foodbank really happened to a woman in Glasgow who Paul Laverty met while researching his script.

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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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hecto
Nov 01, 2017

Set in contemporary England ('New Labour' or Tory, what's the difference?), this is the affecting story of an honest man and a poor single mother caught in the Kafkaesque toils (and vocabulary) of the social services' bureaucracy. The decency, kindness and mutual help of ordinary people shine in contrast to a rules crazy 'State' that treats the unemployed as scroungers. The actors are superb, the script is almost perfect, and Ken Loach's direction is faultless. A moving film, not to be missed.

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