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|Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:01 am Post subject: I,Daniel Blake/ A United Kingdom.
|Saw both of the above films recently
I,Daniel Blake is a grim watch.
Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who must rely on welfare after a recent heart attack leaves him unable to work. Despite his doctor's diagnosis, British authorities deny Blake's benefits and tell him to return to his job. As Daniel navigates his way through an agonizing appeal process, he begins to develop a strong bond with a destitute, single mother (Hayley Squires) who's struggling to take care of her two children.
Daniel's plight is a nightmare. Of course the film is fiction but I read the other day that 2 thirds of appeals, in cases similar to Daniels, are successful but at what cost to their well being is the question.
A United Kingdom tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.
Excellent performances from Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowa ...so believable in their portrayals of Seretse and Ruth.