Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary British director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale starring Dave Johns as Daniel Blake, a good-hearted woodworker who lives according to his own common-sense moral code. After a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humor and heart, the film is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Writer: Paul Laverty. Director: Ken Loach. (UK 2016) 100 min.
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