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Di­rected by Ken Loach. Star­ring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dy­lan McKier­nan, Bri­ana Shann, Kate Rut­ter, Sharon Percy,

Kema Sikazwe Jones plays a Ty­ne­side car­pen­ter who, fol­low­ing a heart at­tack, is told to lay off work for a while. He then be­comes trapped in a des­per­ate bu­reau­cratic knot: forced to seek work he can’t take up in or­der to qual­ify for “job­seeker’s al­lowance”. Squires plays a Lon­don mother hav­ing her own fights with the so­cial. Kick­ing up re­minders of the di­rec­tor’s Cathy Come Home, I, Daniel Blake is Loach’s most mov­ing film in two decades. In ret­ro­spect, the Palme d’Or seems earned. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 100 min DC

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