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Kes (1969)

Director:
Ken Loach

COUNTRY
United Kingdom

Genre
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Kes haukungen

RUNNING TIME
112 minutes

Producer:
Tony Garnett

Screenwriter (based on the novel "A Kestrel for a Knave" by Barry Hines):
Barry Hines
Ken Loach
Tony Garnett


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Billy Casper David Bradley
Jud Freddie Fletcher
Mrs. Casper Lynne Perrie
Mr. Farthing Colin Welland
Mr. Sugden Brian Glover
Mr. Gryce Bob Bowes

 

Review

Ken Loach's second feature film is bleak, symbolic social realism about the despondence and lack of prospects for youngsters in mining-based communities in contemporary Yorkshire. Filmed on location in Barnsley with mostly unprofessional local actors, the movie has that rare combination of artistic naivety and an assured voice the work of a young, ambitious filmmaker with a clear agenda and artistic talent, but not very much experience. Loach took a chance on the local 15-year-old David Bradley, put his camera on him, and let him carry much of the drama with what turned out to be a telling, subdued performance. And through its dual main theme a tribute to mother nature and the endless possibilities it gives, but which Billy only gets a small whiff of the film attains a timeless, lyrical quality.

Copyright 29.03.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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