Kes is a story about a boy who was bullied and ousted by everyone around him. He finds an injured Kestrel which the boy nurses back to health. It’s an emotional story of friendship and loyalty.
Wow. This story does take you on an emotional ride. Ken Loach does a terrific job with bringing out the heart of this story. To me it was shocking that even the adults in the film were just as bad as the children toward Billy (the boy). Throughout the despicable things that happen to Billy we watch as his friendship with the bird takes flight and he learns more about himself. It’s a heartrending story with hope.
This movie was based on the book A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines.