This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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.
He talks about bringing up a hawk and it's so wonderful, you couldn't imagine.
Film #22 of Scavenger Hunt 14
Task #16. 'A film from the British kitchen sink realism movement'
I watched this and then a few hours later Ken Loach won his second Palme d'Or, so I'm definitely psychically connected to George Miller if not the entire Cannes jury.
Anyway, what a wonderful film. And it may be 'kitchen sink' but it's cheekily formally inventive in a way that really serves the story, like when Billy reads the comic book, or when, during the school football 'match', the score pops up ('Manchester United 0 Spurs 1').
I'm always attracted to moments in a film that look nothing like the rest of the film, and this one has a humdinger, early on, that…
Αληταμπουρας μαθητής σε επαρχιακή πόλη της Αγγλίας,εκπαιδεύει γεράκι που βρίσκει στο δασος και ταυτόχρονα βρίσκει κι ένα νόημα στη ζωή του.Όμως είναι ένας σκατοκοσμος για τους μικρούς αληταμπουρες των μικρών πόλεων της Αγγλίας. Έξοχη ταινία ενηλικίωσης από τον νεαρό τότε Ken Loach, όχι τόσο στο ύφος για το οποίο έγινε γνωστός αργότερα-αν και υπάρχει έντονη κριτική ματιά στο εκπαιδευτικό σύστημα της Αγγλίας- και με έναν καταπληκτικό πιτσιρικά πρωταγωνιστή.Περιέχει τον πιο κουλό ίσως αγώνα ποδοσφαίρου της ιστορίας.
Film #17 of Scavenger Hunt #14
Task #16 - A film from the British kitchen sink realism movement
"Kes! C'mon lass, c'mon Kes.. C'mon then."
Ee bah gum, that were proper Yorkshire that! I'm Yorkshire born and bred and slightly ashamed to admit that I was at times having to read the subtitles whilst watching this. I'm sure though that I would have got on fine if the option of subtitles wasn't there..
Whilst Kes was filmed/set 22 years before I was even born, the school scenes rekindled plenty of memories! Some things just never change.
It's a simple yet emotional film that really drags you in. It had been on my watchlist for years and I'm glad that I've finally managed to get around to seeing it. Great watch.
Film #15 of Scavenger Hunt #14
Task #16: A film from the British kitchen sink realism movement.
Not much too say but please watch the emotional roller coaster known as "Kes"
A coming of age drama considered Ken Loach's best film. Usually stealing is wrong, but in this case the boy has so little that you root for him. The PE teacher was fun to watch, a bad example by cheating in front of the kids. Even they could see through his lies. The bird probably symbolizes hope and escape from the grim reality. A powerful film, even when aspects such as the discipline imposed by authority figures is a tad dated.
Yorkshire dialect may require subtitles. You'll have a new appreciation for Pink Floyd's The Wall as well. Great film in the kitchen sink tradition, at times I thought it was a documentary.
Film # 11 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 14" Challenge
Task # 16: A film from the British kitchen sink realism movement
In 1969 director Ken Loach directs his second feature film. The leading character is the 15 year olf Billy Casper. He is raised in Yorkshire. No father, a mother that neglects him, an older brother that constantly bullies him and teachers that are picking on him. Billy is a loner and not happy. One day he finds a nest of falcons and decides to train one of them. Billy spends all his free time with the falcon, he names Kes, and he tries to forget his depressing surroundings.
“Kes” sounds like a depressing film, but Loach…
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