On television tonight on OCS City and in streaming / replay: Me, Daniel Blake (2016) by Ken Loach with Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Briana Shann, Dylan Phillip McKiernan, Kate Rutter and Sharon Percy on the cast. Info and opinion from Bulles de Culture on this award-winning social film at Cannes, at the César and rebroadcast from Wednesday 13 October.
For the first time in his life, Daniel Blake, a 59-year-old English carpenter, is forced to seek social assistance following heart problems. But although his doctor has forbidden him to work, he is served with the obligation to search for a job on pain of sanction.
During his regular meetings at the “job center”, Daniel will cross paths with Rachel, a single mother of two children who was forced to accept accommodation 450km from her hometown so as not to be placed in a foster home. ‘Home…
Me, Daniel Blake to watch on television, in streaming and in replay on OCS: reviews and info
If there is one talent that the British have, it is their ability to produce resolutely social cinema. Awarded with a second Palme d’Or at Cannes film festival, after that of 2006 for the feature film The wind picks up, filmmaker Ken loach clearly fits into this tradition.
In the movie Me, Daniel Blake, he denounces the social benefits policy of his country and the behavior of the administration vis-à-vis the people in greatest difficulty. Me, Daniel Blake, it is the ultimate cry of revolt tagged on the wall of social services by the main character, played by the English actor and comedian Dave johns, which tries on its own scale to resist human stupidity discouraging destitute people from asking for help.
And while our editor, who first saw the film at Cannes, found Ken Loach perhaps oversimplifying things, he’s happy to think that such engaging films continue to be produced, rewarded. and shown to the general public.
We therefore strongly recommend to (re) discover this film without delay!
Find out more:
- Me, Daniel Blake is broadcast on OCS City from Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 8:40 p.m.
- The film is also available for streaming and available for replay on OCS on demand
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“Me, Daniel Blake” on ARTE: the 2nd Palme d’Or from Ken Loach – Bulles de Culture