The triumphant winner of this year's Palme d'Or, Ken Loach's emphatic drama is purportedly his last film. It follows the story of Daniel Blake (Johns), a fifty-something carpenter who, after suffering a heart attack, comes up against the absurdities of the welfare state. Humiliatingly labelled a scrounger, Daniel befriends Katie (Squires), a single mother to two children who's also suffering on the breadline. Overwhelmingly moving, I, DANIEL BLAKE exposes the real human suffering which exists in plain sight. and is a stark reminder of the profound injustices of life in contemporary Britain.
Ken Loach's welfare state polemic is blunt, dignified and brutally moving ★★★★
A protest cry for common humanity... I, Daniel Blake is as timely today as was Kes in the late 60s ★★★★
A work of scalding and moving relevance... The quiet beauty of “I, Daniel Blake” — the reason it’s the rare political drama that touches the soul — is that we believe, completely, in these people standing in front of us