Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I, Daniel Blake

What a good film. At last someone is making art that tells the truth. The acting's a bit stiff at the beginning, then the whole film takes off when Daniel starts telling the little girl about his wife loving the shipping forecast music. It's funny as well as poignant and there is a wonderful act of defiance at one point, which I will not spoil for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.
You go along determined not to blub, but it's impossible not to. At the end, the cinema was full of sniffling adults quietly dabbing tissues at their faces.
There is a pointless backlash in some of the right wing newspapers, I hear.
Why waste the words?
This film is honest enough to have won international awards by telling it how it is for the poorest people in Britain, who are bullied by a relentless system that employs people who are already bullies to act out its horrible policies.
You must see it.

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