Kes (1969)

In this 1969 Ken Loach film, a 15-year-old named Billy Casper (played by acting newcomer David Bradley) suffers abuse both at home and at school in Yorkshire, England. At his home in the working-class section of Barnsley, Billy's… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 19, 2011
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

A classic of British social realism.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Loach is not a director of notable style, nor can he often refuse the obvious shot, but he seems to have a remarkable talent for handling actors and obtaining performances that are truly memorable.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The only Loach film I rate more highly is his Spanish civil war picture, Land and Freedom.

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Variety Staff

Simply, the filmmakers have brought the background of the boy's life vividly into reality.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Kes is Loach at his best.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

Seen today, it still cries its authentic song of rage. It still cuts like a knife.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Terrific performances, illuminated by Chris Menges' naturalistic but often evocative photography.

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Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

The politics of the schoolyard are more important than the politics of London in Kes, and though he finds himself continuously ridiculed, Billy can always come back to his beloved kestrel.

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Caroline Jowett
Daily Express

A film that captures Loach's ability to find the extraordinary drama in ordinary lives.

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Bob Stinson
Whoops,...I had never heard of this British gem. Well directed drama feels almost entirely undirected. Social-realist look at young boy growing up in a… More
Randy Tippy
Ken Loach's sobering, no-frills look at adolescent perseverance in the face of poverty, cruelty and indifference. The subject matter may be bleak and… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] This much adored Ken Loach picture is a likable, smart and rightfully depressing… More
Jason Owens
Hailed as one of the best British movies of all time, I watched it and it was okay yeah, but I don't see it as being that great. The football sequence, as… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Northern England, 1969, and life is pretty glum for an introspective lad just finishing up regular school. Its the system, you see, that handles people like… More
Cassandra Maples
Kes is the story of a few weeks in the life of a schoolboy, Billy Casper, against the backdrop of social disintegration that was the north of England in the… More