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They beat him. They deprived him. they ridiculed him. They broke his heart but they couldn't break his spirit.
A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
Only his second feature, Kes remains one of Ken Loach's distinctive, largely because the working style we now associate with him was first set here.
Gone are some of the more mannered techniques he had used in his BBC plays in favour of a more realistic, observer style that owes its roots in the Czech cinema he was so fond of.
Also gone is the uneasy compromise he made on his first feature, Poor Cow, to include a star name in his work in the shape of Terence Stamp. From hereon in, Ken Loach films would cast non actors and amateurs, real people in lead roles and none were perhaps so distinctive as the young schoolboy David Bradley who bagged…
3rd viewing. still absolutely slaughters me. This viewing was a far greater revelation for me though. Every single one of Loach's luminous frames clicked this time and quietly dovetailed into what I am now quite sure is the greatest Coming-of-Age drama out there.
David Bradley's face maps the plight of every child who has been denied the privileged, Disney Channel idea of childhood. His is the type of limited, oppressive upbringing that has produced the miserable bunch of grown ups populating this film. The phys ed teacher who dreamed of playing Premier League football and now has to live out the dregs of his dream playing against primary school boys. The Headmaster, who led the pack of troublemakers in his…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ken Loach's second - and still best - feature is this stunning translation of the Barry Hines novel, with David Bradley perfect as malnourished Barnsley school leaver Billy Casper, who escapes the drudgery of pit village life through his friendship with a savage, graceful hawk.
The hawk represents hope, freedom, aspiration and poetry - none of which are allowed to survive in a Britain that kicks the shit out of its working classes, breeding only vicious alpha males peddling mundane brutality and sadistic teachers blinkeredly hurling their young charges onto the scrapheap.
Though it's lit by frequent flashes of wry humour, glorious music and cinematography, and moments of transcendent escape redolent with rare beauty, it's ultimately a chilling depiction of utter hopelessness; one that packs a devastating emotional wallop, tha knows.
There's something about Kes that is mesmeric that goes beyond filmmaking. Every frame, every line of dialogue is purposeful, it keeps the narrative flowing, whilst we the viewer become immersed in Billy's character and the constant barrage of impasses he faces.
The solace in a Kestrel in which Billy finds, is all the more potent when the evils of the finale come to fruition. It's at that moment that Billy's innocence is lost forever. Truly heartbreaking.
Classic British film about poverty and hopelessness in a Yorkshire mining town as seen through the eyes of a spirited young man. Abused and bullied both at home and at school, Billy leads a solitary life with little hope and a bleak future. The only thing that gives his life meaning is a kestrel that he has captured and trained. His relationship with the bird is not one of owner and pet... he knows that she is still wild, a free spirit that is a reflection of his own yearning. Shot in a straight-forward manner with real-life locations and a number of unprofessional actors, Kes is a believable and gritty film that lingers. A must-see.
Considered to be one of the best British films of all times, I was really moved by the story and the basic premise of Kes. Ken Loach is a filmmaker I am mostly unfamiliar with and have heard some rather off-putting things about most of his work. Nevertheless, I have been meaning to check out this early feature of his which is widely regarded as his best work. Kes is a 1969 drama by Ken Loach which is based on the novel "A Kestrel for a Knave" by Barry Hines. A story about a boy and his bird takes such a jolting meaning. Do not expect a…
A gift. A miraculous gift. I've stolen from it for every movie.
We barely see the titular bird and yet everything that happens to him and his owner cuts like a knife. A screech of pain at a mean world.
I feel like I've done something wrong when a revered classic doesn't click with me. Which always makes me all the more intrigued to go in for a second watch.
I usually fair very well with deciphering a wide range of English accents but the heavy Yorkshire drawl made me feel like I was listening to conversations through a muffled pillow. There are metaphors and analogies galore as well as another English film commenting on the lower class system. This is right at the tail end of the British New Wave movement and I feel like many others have had a stronger point to make than what KES provided.
I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Billy and Kes, his falcon.…
Oh my God.
The only other Ken Loach film I'd seen before Kes was his Palme d'Or winner, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), a film that I know is fairly unpopular from Cannes megafans but is a film that I deeply love. I'd always heard Kes was more or less his masterpiece, or if nothing else the film that put him on the map, but I wasn't prepared for this.
First off, for me, subtitles were absolutely imperative. The mumbling naturalism mixed with the non-actors' thick Yorkshire accents and idioms make it nearly impossible for American ears to understand the dialogue. At the same time, it adds an amazing level of authenticity to the film. The performances aren't…
I've never really got on with Ken Loach. Just a bit sentimental and optimistic for my taste. But people would always say, 'Watch Kes' and I never got round to it. Then, a little while ago, I heard an interview with Barry Hines, the author of the book it's based on, on the Jarvis Cocker show and he was such a remarkable and charming man and I was very sad to hear when he died just a week or so later. So I thought I'd watch Kes, finally, while I awaited a parcel from Amazon with cheap paperbacks of the rest of his books.
So the Barnsley accent eh? Takes the ear a moment to adjust. Anyway, although Kes tugs…
This was really incredible. I'm kind of a sucker for movies about kids and coming of age stories. Those accents are pretty wild, I had to use subtitles.
Although the accents are nearly impossible to understand (Netflix offered no subtitles) this is a lovely little movie about a schoolboy in poor circumstances who cares for little in life beyond the falcon that he's training. Hanging over all of this is the gloomy, depressing lives of the working class, with little prospect of having anything better. Terrific photography and realism from director Ken Loach, and a very unpleasant British school system
Such a downer of a film but a very good one.. How I wanted to kick his older half brothers ass at the end...made me sad :( had to turn the subtitles on for this one.. Those were some thick ass accents.. Lol
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