dinsdag 17 mei 2016

100 Movie Challenge 2016 - # 68: Kes

Director: Ken Poach
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 110 minutes
Year: 1969
Starring: David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie, Colin Welland, Brian Glover, Bob Bowes, Bernard Atha, Laurence Bould, Joey Kaye, Ted Carroll, Robert Naylor, Agnes Drumgoon, George Speed, Desmond Guthrie, Zoe Sutherland, Eric Bolderson, Joe Miller, Beryl Carroll, Julie Shakespeare, Bill Dean, Geoffrey Banks, John Grayson, Duggie Brown, Trevor Hesketh, Stephen Crossland, Harry Markham, David Glover, Frank Norton, Martin Harley, Leslie Stringer

Description: A young, English working-class boy (David Bradley) spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

Review: In 1969 director Ken Loach directs his second feature film. The leading character is the 15 year olf Billy Casper. He is raised in Yorkshire. No father, a mother that neglects him, an older brother that constantly bullies him and teachers that are picking on him. Billy is a loner and not happy. One day he finds a nest of falcons and decides to train one of them. Billy spends all his free time with the falcon, he names Kes, and he tries to forget his depressing surroundings.
“Kes” sounds like a depressing film, but Loach managed to avoid this. It’s not a sentimental story. He shows us a dreamy and lonely young boy who grows up in the sixties. That most of the cast are just amatures, is really cool. It’s not that noticeable.
The most beautiful scenes of “Kes” are the ones with Billy and his falcon. You see that this is where Billy is really happy. It’s a good drama.

Rating: 3, 5/ 5

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