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In this 1969 Ken Loach film, a 15-year-old named Billy Casper (played by acting newcomer David Bradley) suffers abuse both at home and at school in Yorkshire, England. At his home in the working-class section of Barnsley, Billy's brother beats him and his family neglects him. At school, most of his teachers ridicule and reject him, especially sadistic Mr. Sugden (Brian Glover. Like other downtrodden children in an outmoded social system favoring the ruling class, Billy appears headed for a
Jan 1, 1969 Wide
Apr 19, 2011
Simply, the filmmakers have brought the background of the boy's life vividly into reality.
Terrific performances, illuminated by Chris Menges' naturalistic but often evocative photography.
The only Loach film I rate more highly is his Spanish civil war picture, Land and Freedom.
Seen today, it still cries its authentic song of rage. It still cuts like a knife.
A film that captures Loach's ability to find the extraordinary drama in ordinary lives.
Funny, sad, bitingly authentic, Kes resonates with Loach's anger at the way many kids grow up into narrow, option-free lives.
Loach and his cinematographer Chris Menges opt for a realistic, grainy, rough documentary look, which makes us in the audience feel as though we are voyeurs, bearing witness to what Godard had famously proclaimed cinema to be: truth 24 times a second.
Throbs with a simple truthfulness...Loach shows his complimentary interest in documentary-influenced social realism and the improvisational search for the authentic. [Blu-ray]
a moving, shattering tragedy - a meditation on the warping powers of human institutions. Kes is beautiful, sad and powerful - one of the best British films ever made.
...a phrase attributed to Truman Capote might well be applied to Billy Casper and his kestrel, as well: The world is not kind to little things.
Loach handles the film with a deft touch that balances the pathos and inherent sadness of Billy's predicament without sliding into complete emotional despair
The story of a boy and his bird, Kes is something of a small cinematic treasure in Britain.
It's one of the most powerful coming-of-age stories ever told and contains passages of great beauty.
Ken Loach's masterful second feature represents a critical turn away from the popularized kitchen-sink realism of the 1950s and '60s and toward a more improvised and unpredictable narrative style.
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