The Wind That Shakes The Barley

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

i didn't see any barley - spikeprint

5 Points

Viewer Rating:spikeprint has rated The Wind That Shakes The Barley rating: 2 Star

At the beginning of the last century Ireland was in the midst of a great turmoil and change. On the brink of nationhood our country was being ripped apart by our British neighbours and their vicious agents the Black and Tans. Young men were struggling to find their identity, and fighting was breaking out from a country tired of colonialism.   Set in the rebel county, named so because of their 16th century allegiance to the King and rejection of Ireland (valuable knowledge to any cat), the story centres around Damian O Donovan and his friends. After the beating to death of one of his friends by the Tans he is forced into a guerrilla war against an invading force, one which would turn brutal and bloody.   Although negatively received by some of his country men, mainly because of a lack of understanding of Irish history, Loaches film was the highest grossing Irish movie ever released in this country. His use of only local actors lends a sense of realism; the fact that many stumble their lines makes it feel these people are true, not used to public speaking, and nervous in front of the crowd.   Although some would call this a Brit-bashing movie, it is much more than that. It deals with deep issues, brother against brother, man against man, in a time that has shaped our country and our lives. It also reflects the struggles of all countries that have been invaded by larger forces for their own nefarious ends.     Beautifully directed with a superb lead from Murphy this is a film that all Irishmen, and indeed the rest of the world, should see. There was a reason for it snagging the Palm D'Or at Cannes, watch it to find out why.  

Review published on the 22 January 2007 16:31


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