Daniel Blake is a recently-widowed 59-year-old carpenter from Newcastle, hopelessly trying to return to work after suffering a heart attack. For the first time in his life, he turns to the government for help, but it soon becomes clear that in order to complete the necessary forms for financial assistance, he has to go through more than one circle of hell: the endless bureaucracy only keeps up appearances of being a government, and automated systems lead Blake – who has never in his life held a smartphone or a computer mouse – down a dead end.
A piercing social drama by British director Ken Loach about the machine of government, distanced further and further from society itself, and about the helplessness of simple individuals before a pitiless system. The film was presented in the concourse programme of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and won three awards, including the Palme d’Or.
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