All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
People's first reaction while viewing Kes will be: "What the hell are they saying?" Given the fact that there's a heavy Yorkshire accent flowing freely throughout it's run-time, some people might not feel comfortable with this one. But that's the most important aspect of it: it's realism. Kes is a film that impressively captures the British class system with meticulous detailing and, most importantly, the spirit of a young boy named Billy. Loach's use of unprofessional actors and some fine film-editing make you feel life's disappointments that Billy comes across. And that's the point. Life is not a fairy-tale. It's harsh. It's cruel. And you have to find your own place in this world. You have to find where your heart lies in otherwise you'll end up in a Coal Mine...
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.
God damn film studies degree
Somehow my first Ken Loach film and, like a cinematic equivalent of hearing Billy Bragg's To Have and To Have Not for the first time, it stirred up a lot of emotions, reinforcing my political perspective and undying hatred for the systematic inhumanity of capitalist ideology.
A poor British kids, always getting into trouble and getting the short end of the stick, finally finds something to care about, a wild falcon he learns to train.
Great British working class drama with amazing performances by nonprofessional actors. A 15 year old boy finds moments of dignity in his otherwise harsh life when he trains a kestrel. Be prepared for many heartbreaking episodes, and great scenes of school life (What is it about British films and school life? Given the way that Brits feel about school, is school life an oxymoron?) Warning: you may want to have the subtitles on!
A touching and realist portrayal of a boy growing up in the industrial heartland of England.
Fairly grim at times and with a fair few spellbinding scenes, this is a film rich in detail and concerns itself with so much more than just a boy and his kestrel.
There is also a hilariously awful school football match played out, with a sports teacher that everybody knows.
Kes is a 1969 British film directed by Ken Loach, and follows a boy named Caspar and his struggle through adolescence while taking care of a beautiful kestrel. It is a gritty depiction of 60s Northern England, and the Barnsley school at which Caspar attends is particularly bleak but truthful. The film is powerful and while telling a very small story on a very small scale, does it somewhat brilliantly.
Kes is a film that skips straight to the heart. It captures every flinch, beating and tear of childhood unfairness, and delivers it with a a punch. It delivers the most moving, terrible sentiments in the most brilliantly visceral and heartfelt ways. David Bradley is nothing short of phenomenal as Billy Casper, portraying exactly these hardships.
And yet, that is not why Kes is so good. It also captures the wonder and the lust for life of being so young. At this stage, there is no such thing as really settling, and yet while it looks as though our hero is going to have to do just that, he retains a spark of hope. Billy's awe and joy surrounding his…
"Ain't no particular sign I'm more compatible with; I just want your extra time and your... Kes." Well, that was pretty bad, but it doesn't end there, because, for the French and fans of Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer", you can call this "Kes-ce Que C'est"... or something. This is pretty much an English-language "400 Blows", so I'm sure will embrace that a whole lot sooner than that lame and somewhat confusing faux title. The title of the novel, "A Kestrel for a Knave", that this adaptation abridges is confusing enough, because if you know what a kestrel and a knave are, then you must be either bored enough or British enough to know about your medieval journeymen and their little…
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