Movie of the Week: I, Daniel Blake

Loach's "best in years"

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Amid all this year’s political turbulence and international chaos, it’s been all too easy to forget about its impact on the man on the street — which is where Ken Loach brings his compassionate but forensic eye in this fantastically angering film. The Dan of the title is a joiner caught, in the Department for Work and Pension’s clouded eye, between being too ill to work, but not too ill to look for work. His subsequent struggle to maintain his dignity is as compelling as any quest to save the world, and all the better for the small moments of grace and humour Loach finds amid the nightmare — he is one of Britain’s major filmmakers, and this is both all too timely and his best in years.

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