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Named by the British Film Institute as one of the ten best British films of the century, Kes, from Ken Loach (Hidden Agenda, The Wind That Shakes the Barley), is cinema’s quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy (an astonishingly naturalistic David Bradley) is a fifteen-year-old miner’s son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life. Kes established the sociopolitical engagement and artistic brilliance of its filmmaker, and pushed the British “angry young man” film of the sixties into a new realm of authenticity, using real locations and nonprofessional actors. Loach’s poignant coming-of-age drama remains its now legendary director’s most beloved and influential film.
Absorbing story about a boy who has few almost no positive influences among the adults. Poverty and being part of an underclass don't help either. Read morePublished 1 month ago by gavin o'connor
I went to the school where this was filmed. I knew Brian Glover, the actor who was really a teacher in real life (and a Professional Wrestler) through his daughter who went to the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by GeoffU
The sound quality is poor, and the subtitles (which you are completely dependent on unless you have no problems understanding mumbled working class northern english) is not... Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Sjurseth
Sympathetic portrait of a young man growing up in a dismal environment in the north of England. As an American i found the Yorkshire accent close to impenetrable and probably... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JDC
a little hard to understand the strong accent it would take a little while to get used to itPublished 13 months ago by Rod L.