I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake

DVD - 2018
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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.

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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2018

We heard of similar horror stories on this side of the pond as help seekers fell into bureaucratic traps in our social safety net programs. Exhibits are the homeless and prostitutes population. It is not subtle like the timeless 1952 "Ikiru (生きる, To Live)" but succeeded to indict the problems as the 2017 "The Florida Project."

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 20, 2018

This drama movie is about a carpenter who has fallen ill and is trying to collect his Support Allowance to no avail. While arguing with the government to get what he deserves and requires, he comes across a single mother who has been recently moved to lower income housing. This movie definitely reveals the realities that many people face when trying to collect welfare in Britain and how it isn’t always as easy as it seems. The movie has likable characters and an emotional storyline, that those who are highly empathetic can appreciate. I would rate this film 4/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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wodebaobei38
Sep 18, 2018

Is this what 'Medicare for all' would look like? A must watch!

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magentastorm
Aug 27, 2018

Brilliant! Tells it like it is. Very familiar with this kind of twisted, crazy making treatment in UK and Canada. UK seniors, my parents, with serious health conditions deal with this kind of garbage every week, they don't have computer skills either. If you didn't like this, watch it again. Speaks the truth as it relates to a whole segment of society in UK. This is not a fairy story, but real life for many. If you can't understand the dialect, try opening your heart and watch the characters, they speak volumes without saying a word.

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jaketaz777
Aug 10, 2018

Living through all this in the way he did is only possible by the love of GOD, and his reward awaits him at his resurrection.

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strider643
Aug 02, 2018

I found this movie slow and boring. Didn't interest me at all.

This Ken Loach masterpiece shows the tragedy of poverty and triumph of love. This movie illustrates how powerful a small act of kindness can heal and how a small act of petty cruelty can affect a life. I believe Daniel's goodness will live on through his friends. Haunting and sad. There is real humour, love and suffering in this story. Subtitle display helpful to catch all dialogue.

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empbee
Jun 06, 2018

Nice part is the friendship between two struggling persons.

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beckythecat1
Jun 04, 2018

Excellent. Very insightful. Damn the government bureaucracy (in England and in Oregon) for all the people who fall through the cracks.

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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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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2018

I am not a client, a customer, nor a service user. I am not a shirker, a scrounger, a beggar, nor a thief. I'm not a National Insurance Number or blip on a screen. I paid my dues, never a penny short, and proud to do so. I don't tug the forelock, but look my neighbour in the eye and help him if I can. I don't accept or seek charity. My name is Daniel Blake. I am a man, not a dog. As such, I demand my rights. I demand you treat me with respect. I, Daniel Blake, am a citizen, nothing more and nothing less.

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