Winner of the 2016 Palme d’Or—the Cannes International Film Festival’s highest honor—I, Daniel Blake follows the title character, a skilled fifty-nine-year-old carpenter nearing the end of his long career. In the wake of his own major heart attack and his wife’s death, Daniel Blake attempts to navigate the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of the state-run, British benefits system. Along the way, he befriends Katie, a single mother, and the two form a surrogate family as they struggle to survive on the fringes of society. Shot with classical restraint and a tangible sense of place by veteran director Ken Loach, the film is bolstered by warm, intuitive performances from Dave Johns and Haley Squires in the leading roles. At once a fine-grained character study, a moving religious allegory, and an urgent call for reform, I, Daniel Blake possesses a quiet power that resonates long after the screen dims.
Director Ken Loach 2016 In English 100 minutes NR DCP