Review of Kes (1969)

Moving picture, 111 minutes

There is no future as a boy nears the end of mandatory schooling in contemporary Yorkshire. Education has mostly been a cruel farce, producing no ambitions of doing anything afterwards. Small, weak and dumb like the rest, the boy quietly trains a young kestrel—small falcon—until it flies on its own, but hope is not widely encouraged in his world.

Uncompromising Kitchen-sink and social-realist drama, not quite coming-of-age.

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