I, Daniel Blake (2016)

“I, Daniel Blake” is a British drama film directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty. It was released in 2016 and won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year.

The film tells the story of Daniel Blake, a middle-aged carpenter who lives in Newcastle, England. After suffering a heart attack, he is deemed unfit to work by his doctor and applies for government assistance while he recovers. However, he finds himself caught in a bureaucratic nightmare as he tries to navigate the complicated and confusing welfare system.

Along the way, he meets a single mother named Katie, who is also struggling to make ends meet and take care of her two young children. The two develop a close bond as they try to support each other through their difficulties.

The film is a powerful critique of the UK’s welfare system and the way it treats vulnerable people. It highlights the frustration and despair that can result from a system that seems designed to make it as difficult as possible for people to access the help they need. “I, Daniel Blake” has been praised for its realism and its powerful performances, particularly by lead actor Dave Johns, who plays Daniel.

Duration: 100 min.

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