This is a small, perfectly formed jewel of a film. Growing up in a similar small town, at the same time, in the north of England, I can vouch for its authenticity. The scenes and dialogue are very true to life: the paper round, morning assembly, the ordeal in the headmaster's office. The scrap in the playground, the fags behind the gym. Certainly I knew plenty of young lads like Billy Casper, though probably the circumstances weren't quite as grim as depicted - nobody I knew had to share a bed with an ogre of an older brother. The film is beautifully shot, with wonderful use of natural lighting, and very effective marrying of images to music. There are some great performances too: Brian Glover and Colin Welland have rightly passed into legend for their depiction of two very different teachers. Of course David Bradley is unforgettable, and dominates the story. The film has seeped into the consciousness of the group of friends I grew up with, and resonates still. Don't be put off by the subject matter; there are plenty of funny moments and overall the effect is to uplift the spirit.
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Kes (1969) 1080p
Kes is a movie starring David Bradley, Brian Glover, and Freddie Fletcher. A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
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Bullied at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy Casper (), a 15-year-old working-class Yorkshire boy, tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon whom he names Kes. Helped and encouraged by his English teacher Mr. Farthing () and his fellow students, Billy finally finds a positive purpose to his unhappy existence, until tragedy strikes.
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Casper! You were sleeping, weren't you, Casper!Reviewed bygedhurstVote: 9/10
From the start,the hero's future is at a complete standstill.His familiar background -an indifferent mother and a brute of a brother-leaves him no hope .His school seems an alien world,of which he cannot take advantage,where the adults are hostile.The gymnastics teacher is a failed football player,and now,with his students,he's still dreaming he's coaching his football team for glory.And because he 's getting old and embittered,he uses a scapegoat when things go wrong:and of course,he always chooses our unfortunate hero.The shower scene enhances ,so to speak,the psychological and pedagogical "aptitudes" of this dumb-and a bit sadistic-man.
So,the young boy needs someone to love,and because he cannot find one,he tames an hawk.This hawk epitomizes freedom,escape from this petty microcosm.In direct contrast to the gym teacher,appears the English teacher.He wants the young boy to give a presentation on his hawk.And,in front of a spellbound class,the dog has his day.Thanks to this clever man,the boy acquires self-confidence and maybe his studies will take a new turn.
But Kenneth Loach's characters rarely escape from their fate.Because of his brother's cruelty,all hopes will be blighted,and the boy's future will probably that of the two lads in "looks and smiles". Kenneth Loach or the wrong side of England.
I saw this film at a cinema in London when it first came out. The previous comment hits all the great points about this film. I just want to urge everyone to see it! For Americans (as I am), it's going to take about 10 or 15 minutes to get into the rhythm of the dialect of northern England. Initially, you won't believe they're actually speaking English, the dialect is so thick. But after a few minutes, you'll automatically start to understand what they are saying. This is a brilliant film that will lift your spirits, and break your heart. It's impossible to not have a big lump in your throat at the end of this movie.