This year’s Palme d’Or winner, Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’, is a touching film exposing Britain’s bureaucratic machinery as the biggest obstacle for the less fortunate to get ahead with their difficult lives. The protagonist, Daniel Blake, sick of this state organized madness decides to stands up to this big anonymous monster made out of forms, rules and regulations. Meanwhile he tries to make ends meet and to save a single mom from prostitution. Of course, he pays the highest price.
Well made, on an important topic, but the film leaves little room for interpretation or nuance; Loach shows no mercy in enforcing his view on us. I suspect a more ambiguous approach would have been more efficient.
I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach (2016) ***