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April 5, 2018
One of the best films you'll ever see. So authentic at times it looks like the dialogue is ad libbed. Photography is ahead of its time - the kestrel diving and swooping just amazing and the kind of thing they would do using cgi today so it must have taken major skill. Timeless piece of film
February 17, 2018
1001 movies to see before you die.
January 17, 2018
9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 9 9 = 92
December 25, 2017


[Ken Loach]
½ August 13, 2017
Set in 1970s Bradford, a child discovers a true interest in raring a wild bird and a passion for falconry whilst not enjoying school and being bullied. Life at home is pretty tough too. enjoyable drama
May 11, 2017
A really sad but also uplifting story about a boy in his troubled youth who comes across a kestrel (bird). He lives with his pain in the ass brother, who I wish got his eyes plucked out by the bird, and his mother in a rural part of England.

What is so moving about this movie is how the boy had this intense relationship with the bird, something he didn't have with anyone else, and how he goes about learning about training the bird. You get to see a different side of the boy and it's quite enjoyable to watch.
March 17, 2017
Fairly inaccessible if only because of the thick Barnsley accents throughout. Fantastic local movie from Ken Loach.
January 5, 2017
A beautiful film that arises from the ashes, a simple but effective story of a young boy from a mining town that develops an unlikely relationship with a Kestrel Bird in a nearby farm.

The young boy isn't the most academic or promising young man but his Bird truly brings the best out in him & others around him.

A simple & tender film that makes much out of very little. Very truthful & full of heart, a film that really has a lot of impact if you have the patience with it.
½ December 6, 2016
9/10 an amazing adaptation by a fantastic British director. emotional and true to life as always.
November 4, 2016
Typical Ken Loach film that has all the usual attributes seen from his work over the years.
1. A grimy northern England working class location. Check. Barnsley, Yorkshire.
2. A cast littered with UK stars from television. Check. Lynne Perrie (Ivy Tildsley off Coronation Street in the 1970s and 80s, Harry Cross off Brookside and the late ex wrestler Brian Glover in a great role as the school PE teacher.
3. A rather left wing view of working class Britain. Although the film was made in 1969 and is very dated now. Thirty forty years or more.
The film uses its cinematography and costume to add to the grimy feeling of the town.
There are some memorable scenes mainly centred in the local school. In particular the Man Utd v Spurs match enacted on the school playing field and the caning of an innocent kid in the headmasters office.
If tha wants a reet gud neet instead o watchint rubbish on telly get thi sen watchint this.
½ July 6, 2016
½ April 10, 2016
Extremely well acted film about british adoscelent, his routines and relationships with other people.
½ April 7, 2016
Classic British cinema. Dirty cinematography and unforgettable performances with real and well directed dialogue.
½ April 6, 2016
A slightly slower pace but wonderfully genuine. I appreciate the message being told without cinematics about a working class boy who is seen as forgotten and among many others that will live the same fate. I personally had a connection with this film and this is another example of how different the approach to european and american movie storytelling is, and I'm beginning to appreciate a less theatric one in turn for a more authentic feeling one.
February 25, 2016
British film at it's finest! A must watch, a story about a kid who literally has almost nothing. And the ending is a true heart breaker too.
November 19, 2015
The exhilaration of learning and teaching, be it in school life or in the training of a wild kestrel, has rarely been captured more shrewdly or appealingly.
November 9, 2015
Such a poweful and beautiful film. Arguably Loach's finest. The late great Brian Glover is such a cunt as the PE teacher. David Bradley is unbelievable as young Billy. The ending is a right kick in the jaffas.
½ October 22, 2015
Beautiful, goddammit. Had me bawling like a baby
Super Reviewer
August 26, 2015
An achingly beautiful tale. The bucolic music and the landscapes wandered by the formidable protagonist child and his trained kestrel, embellish the cold and austere north of England. The child's tender look upon the bird is that of yearning, of high spirit and care free mind, far beyond the predicaments of acceptance raised in his school and in his own home. Its gritty, unapologetic and sometimes despairing naturalism hits delicate fibres.
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