Director: Ken Loach Cast: David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie
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Kes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Operafan48 More than 1 year ago
"Kes" is a movie each viewer needs to discover for himself or herself. Its greatness lies in its utter simplicity and its no frills filmmaking. This story of an adolescent Yorkshire boy who trains a young kestrel to fly at his command is full of brilliant observations of everyday life in late '60s working class Britain. The boy is played is played, unforgettably, by David Bradley as Billy, a misunderstood, bullied and sensitive lad whose home life is compromised by a boorish older brother and a well-meaning but often neglectful mother. Life at school is just as bad, where teachers punish students unmercifully, mirroring their own unhappiness and inadequacies. A long, rather tortuous sequence of Billy and his classmates playing soccer in gym class on a muddy soccer field, overruled by a rather uncaring coach will bring back unpleasant memories for anyone who had to endure the indignities of gym class in high school. These troubling scenes at home and school are juxtaposed with Billy and training his kestrel. In these sequences the boy comes alive, full of life and purpose and his love for "Kes", his pet's name, is obvious in these scenes of the soaring bird flying to the young boy's commands. Director Ken Loach made many films in his illustrious career but "Kes" rightfully takes its place among the greatest British films of the 20th Century. Once you see this beautiful, often brutal and ultimately heartrending film, you will never forget it.