A middle aged carpenter, who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.
While the framework and perspective are familiar, the veteran Brit director s films can still have the power to grip us in an emotional chokehold.
"I, Daniel Blake" is one of Loach s finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity that goes right back to the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica.
A spare film, muted in colour - and all the more powerful and urgent for it.
Loach and Laverty s hearts are in the right place, as ever. It s their spleens, which definitely do not work a dream, that they need to monitor.
In a world that seems to be getting worse with every passing minute, I, Daniel Blake is a sobering but inspiring pleasure - easily one of the best films of the year.
When the system is rigged, trying to do the right thing wears a man down.
"I, Daniel Blake" speaks to anyone who s ever had to deal with our horrible modern world, made up of equal parts Kafka and Orwell ...
[A] combination of traditional movie naturalism and still-seething anger is at the rabble-rousing heart of "I, Daniel Blake," Loach s latest clear-eyed bulletin from the world of the dispossessed.
"I, Daniel Blake" is a powerful return to form for Mr. Loach, the much-honored left-wing British filmmaker who is now 80 and is still in full command as a filmmaker and a social critic.
I, Daniel Blake is an extremely Ken Loach-y Ken Loach film, for better and for worse.