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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 reportedly contains 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.
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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It maybe be set in 1969 but there's certainly no Swingin' Sixties attitude in Barnsley. The film opens on a shot of a single bed with one pillow that 2 brothers are sharing. One is 15 year old Billy Casper (played wonderfully by David Bradley) and the other is his older brother Jud. From the very first scene Loach has established the main problem in Billy's life: poverty.
Billy is clearly a bright boy but is in constant trouble at school, mostly for falling asleep and not listening. He also has a mother that loves him but doesn't seem to have the time to look after him properly and an older brother who delights in bullying him. Billy states over…
To be a story about a boy and his hawk, it sure didn't have much to do with the hawk. And yes, his life sucked, we get it. No need to constantly ram it down our throats.
There may have been more to the movie than all of this, but I'll need to some one who can actually understand what the hell anyone is saying to explain it to me. Even with subtitles, far too much of the dialogue was hard to follow.
Billy Casper is one of the strongest characters in recent memory. His spirit is resounding. The direction felt like a documentary as well I felt like I was transported to Barnsley. A truly intimate film about a young boy who finds love for something through his horrible mishaps.
at Andrew Stewart Cinema, University of Glasgow
I don't often like to say that I just don't like a film or that I'm not into it. Recently I stopped watching David Cronenberg's the Naked Lunch about halfway through because it simply couldn't keep my attention. I don't feel bad about doing this to movies, because I often come back if there's enough people vouching for it.
Often times I might enjoy a film much more upon revisiting it. When I first tried to watch Kes, I was bored by it's slow pace and irritated by the undecipherable Yorkshire accent and dialect. I was simply not patient or mature enough to watch it, despite it being recommended by the BFI as a film to watch before you're 14.…
Ahhh yeah I get it, the bird's a metaphor for wanting to escape the working class life style. Fair enough
This film is some kind of magic. That scene where Billy recounts his training of Kes in the classroom rivals, if not bests Antoine Doinel's questioning by the psychiatrist in The 400 Blows. Kes is, to me, what that film is to so many people. And David Bradley's performance has to be one of the most naturalistic and heartbreaking child performances in all of cinema, no? Grade could easily improve with a second viewing. I already love it.
It was good
My heart really broke with this kid's. I hated his brother and gym teacher and loved seeing him with Kes. This film really worked.
It hasn't been what I expected, possibly because the plot is a bit misleading.
According to the film's wikipedia, the movie has a good rank in The Best 100 British Films and the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14. Actually I've watched scenes where I turned into the past, really, and I've become a bit angry, but, anyway, in a global level the film hasn't told me so much. So many situations took more time than necessary to be explained. I knew Casper's problems without excessive explanations.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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