Episode 36 – I, Daniel Blake

Aharon and Liisa discuss the absurdity of our society in the digital age in I, DANIEL BLAKE.

I had the unfortunate experience of going to see I, Daniel Blake in a bad mood. Despite agreeing a lot with what the movie wanted to say, I could not handle the preaching tone. So I came out of it conflicted. Nevertheless I have been ever since recommending everybody to go and see it.

My mother on the other hand found deep connection with the story straight away. Next to being in general interested in the subject of poverty, she found the movie showing the audience the struggle that she goes through in her daily life. Just like Dave Johns in the movie, she belongs to the older generation who is less than ready to take in the complex digital transition of our social systems.

Spoilers: We don’t go into the plot details so it is safe to listen our episode even if you have not seen the movie.


Timeline

  • [00:00] – Introduction
  • [02:45] – Aharon was in a bad mood
  • [06:00] – Manipulative movies
  • [12:30] – What did Aharon find positive about it
  • [16:30] – Older generation and technology
  • [28:00] – Helpless
  • [29:30] – John Hurt and Emannuel Riva
  • [31:20] – Daniel Blake as alone
  • [33:00] – Ikiru and Umberto D
  • [42:00] – Is it a heavy movie
  • [45:30] – Liisa’s story about her english class
  • [48:00] – Minna Canth
  • [51:45] – Movies are about feelings
  • [1:07:00] – The sentence on the wall

Movies we mention