Pilgrim Hill

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Pilgrim Hill

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  • View Profile for cleaningmastercleaningmaster

    This review reads as nasty and spiteful and pathetic. The film won the IFTA rising star award, Galway film fleadh award, selected for numerous major festivals across the world where people and critics have lauded it with praise and awards. Even the British selected it as the Rising Star award at the London BFI film festival. You basically just pan it totally. Donald Clarke in the Irish Times said it was 'masterful' and even Variety said it was a 'remarkable' debut. I saw the film at the Galway film fleadh last summer where the film and Joe Mullins was praised for his performance by everyone across the board and you say he is not a very good actor????!!!!! Come on Rory Cashin, this review seems like a personal attack towards the film and a bit of jealousy. The film was the standout last year at the Galway film fleadh and even the Irish times said that it was the best film. To be honest it just reads that the reviewer is jealous and a frustrated filmmaker. I just want to tell everyone who reads this, the film is fantastic, fresh, original, slow moving and yes very dark and depressing at times with not much happening, but that is the whole point of the film and the character in the world he inhabits. It won't appeal to everyone, but for those who know the world and are willing to take the chance it will really open your eyes to what rural Ireland is like for these people. Maybe the reviewer has no knowledge of what rural Ireland is like and therefore cannot appreciate it. I'm a city girl, it floored me, I was thinking about it for days. Give it a chance, you won't regret it. It will make you think long and hard about what you have in life. Well done to all involved in creating a masterpiece.

    Posted 21:30 | Sat 9th Mar 2013
  • View Profile for paudiepaudie

    I went to see Pilgrim Hill at the cork film festival and it was stunning. I do not agree with the review one bit. I'm shocked at the review to be honest and feel the need to write my own. The film itself tells the story of Jimmy Walsh, a lonely and isolated bachelor farmer, whose mundane life is interspersed with visits to the creamery and the local pub. Any of the vast social and economic changes that occurred in the last twenty years in Ireland seemed to have bypassed Jimmy. The farm he works seems almost of another era, with rickety roadways, a vintage tractor and an antiquated milking parlour. And these are just the things we can physically see; the overbearing presence of his bed-ridden father, whom we never see, but are given of a picture of by Jimmy's documentary style revelations to the camera. And yet, there are glimmers of hope; the simple satisfaction Jimmy gets from tasks such as milking the cows, repairing fences, saving turf. The chance and all too brief encounter with an attractive musician, the friendship offered by Tommy, whose joie de vivre brings an energy and vitality to the film. But it is Joe Mullins, who plays Jimmy, who is the real star. Fantastic facial expressions and a farmers gatch about him, the audience roots for him even to the extent that you could hear people drawing breath when he is stopped at a Garda checkpoint on route home from the pub. For anyone from a farming background, the denouement is heartbreaking, but it never felt forced or tacked on. Undoubtedly a slow moving film (almost French in style, although the weather is a lot better there!), but well worth seeing for a snapshot of Irish rural life that may well be gone in another generation.

    Posted 21:37 | Sat 9th Mar 2013
  • View Profile for FirefoxFirefox

    I completely disagree with this review. This is a highly emotional film which highlights a real issue of rural isolation in this country and also worldwide. No there aren't any car stunts or anything equally trashy, instead this film is raw and real and from my perspective a breath of fresh air to the film industry!I saw this film in Galway and everyone I spoke to there was equally touched and moved. Barrett well deserved the ifta rising star award. I urge people to go and see this beautiful emotionally intelligent film for themselves. I think this reviewer best stick to the over the top trash we as consumers have been force fed from Hollywood of late.

    Posted 16:48 | Sun 10th Mar 2013
  • View Profile for GerMurphyGerMurphy

    Obviously Rory Cashin knows nothing about acting. Can he please tell me who would he have chosen to play the part of Jimmy? It was a very difficult part to play. If anything he actually praised the film. "An experiment in pushing audiences to the limit of their patience" is a great compliment to both Joe Mullins and Gerard Barret. Those who can act, do so. Those who cant become critics.

    Posted 11:20 | Mon 11th Mar 2013
  • View Profile for Fillum BuffFillum Buff

    I saw this film last night and loved it. Everyone there loved it. Yes it is very heavy going, depressing, dark, slow... refreshingly so! Pilgrim Hill is a masterpiece, the camera work is beautiful, Barrett is a genius and Mullins' DEBUT performance is first class. Mr. Cashin should stick to the no brainer films with like, effects, and like stunts, and like happy endings and like, stuff. Idiot!

    Posted 12:37 | Thu 11th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for Conor CarrollConor Carroll

    I wonder what this reviewer thought of 'Amour'?

    Posted 20:34 | Thu 11th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for EownEown

    The fact that the reviewer gives this film 1 and a half stars and 'Oblivion' four stars tells you all you need to know about the reviewer!!! every review I have read or heard about this film raves about it, a true reflection of the isolation that can occur in many pockets of rural Ireland......... Every review of Oblivion I have read or heard describes it as average at best, just another pay cheque for Cruise!!! Entertainment.ie has a lot to answer for if this is the fella they're sending out to review films!!!!

    Posted 13:33 | Sat 13th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for FilmBuff76FilmBuff76

    I disagree with this review of Pilgrim Hill as well. The director himself admits that it's a depressing, hard-going film... but there's also something genuinely good and even uplifting about it too. It's clearly the product of much thought and consideration, so I think this reviewer has completely missed the point of the film. Nobody is going to mistake it for a Michael Bay film and it won't be everyone's cup of tea. But those who found themselves enchanted by Pilgrim Hill will understand why.

    Posted 14:25 | Sat 13th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for JoanneJoanne

    Saw Pilgrim Hill at Cork Film Festival. Thought it was a very moving film. Excellent acting by Joe Mullins. This was a low budget film made with one camera. Well worth seeing. Keep up the good work Joe Mullins and Gerard Barrett (Director).

    Posted 14:19 | Sun 14th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for JoanneJoanne

    Saw Pilgrim Hill at Cork Film Festival. Thought it was a very moving film. Excellent acting by Joe Mullins. This was a low budget film made with one camera. Well worth seeing. Keep up the good work Joe Mullins and Gerard Barrett (Director).

    Posted 14:19 | Sun 14th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for JoanneJoanne

    Saw Pilgrim Hill at Cork Film Festival. Thought it was a very moving film. Excellent acting by Joe Mullins. This was a low budget film made with one camera. Well worth seeing. Keep up the good work Joe Mullins and Gerard Barrett (Director).

    Posted 14:19 | Sun 14th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for elkelk

    saw the film over the weekend and very disappointed - would agree mostly with the review; cant understand why this is getting so much positive attention! yes its his first film, well done. yes it is dark and slow (vvvveeerrrrryyyyyyy slow); but good god id love to get my 10 quid back!!!!! *Not on my top 10 Irish films of all time list*

    Posted 15:12 | Mon 15th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for elkelk

    saw the film over the weekend and very disappointed - would agree mostly with the review; cant understand why this is getting so much positive attention! yes its his first film, well done. yes it is dark and slow (vvvveeerrrrryyyyyyy slow); but good god id love to get my 10 quid back!!!!! *Not on my top 10 Irish films of all time list*

    Posted 15:12 | Mon 15th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for PeterPeter

    This is such a misrepresentation of a fine piece of film making by Gerard Barrett . It captures so vividly the plight of people who have been left in the shadows of our society . Beautiful cinematography and a wonderful performance from Joe Mullins and supporting cast . Its a pity to have such a young talent with a maturity beyond his years to end up being reviewed by a "critic" with an immaturity beyond his . Entertainment.ie , get your act together !

    Posted 22:19 | Mon 15th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for CarolineCaroline

    I also completely disagree with this review. I think that this is one of the most powerful films I have seen in a long time. It really gets across the loneliness of rural Ireland...that is the whole point to this film and how life is for these farmers. Brilliant performance from Joe Mullins and Murris Crowley's character as well as brilliant acting helped bring humour, but also showed how different life can be for individuals in these isolated areas. It really gets you thinking, as I was for days after.

    Posted 15:49 | Tue 16th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for The ViewerThe Viewer

    I haven't seen it and I probably won't. I trust this reviewer at lot, he tends to be on the money about the quality of most movies. I find myself getting irritated by Irish movies in general. I am beginning to wonder if as a nation it is an art we just have not mastered. Irish movies are bleak, depressing and self-indulgent e.g. The Garage, Kisses et al. I think there is a notion that if you are depressing it makes you more intellectually profound. On that score I will be giving this a miss.

    Posted 20:03 | Tue 16th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for MgtMgt

    Viewer ah go on go on, give it a try You might be surprised.Challenge yourself to see the raw beauty in the landscape and experience the reality of living in isolation in the countryside. Like it or not, this is how some people live, it is not just "art" Well worth seeing

    Posted 23:14 | Tue 16th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for pixelpixel

    What a PATHETIC review, im actually quiet shocked by it!!! I thought the movie was extremely moving. Joe Mullins played his part to perfection. Its a fantastic film.. dont let this review put you off, as im very hard to please where movies are concerned.

    Posted 17:13 | Sat 20th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for mossycurranmossycurran

    This review is a complete and utter farce. I read this review before and after seeing the film, had to return to comment because I cant understand how someone in your line of work could get it so wrong.... You are clearly someone who knows nothing about rural Ireland, cares little for the themes of depression and isolation raised, and probably lists "anything with Jason Statham shooting something from the top of a moving truck" as your all-time favorites... Ignore the review above, and go see this film.

    Posted 22:52 | Sun 21st Apr 2013
  • View Profile for cmckeoncmckeon

    He is entitled to his opinion - that is what he is paid for?

    Posted 10:44 | Mon 22nd Apr 2013
  • View Profile for eamonngrayeamonngray

    It's the film reviewer's job to a) establish the intentions of the filmmakers and b) describe to what extent they either succeeded or failed in delivering on these intentions. Gerard Barrett assembled a small cast and crew to tell a personal story of rural isolation and loneliness in the hopes that it would strike a universal chord. Did they succeed? Obviously. Is it cinematic? Undoubtedly. Should you go see it? Absolutely.

    Posted 15:19 | Mon 22nd Apr 2013
  • View Profile for BlueBlue

    A pathetic review, utterly inadequate.

    Posted 08:53 | Wed 24th Apr 2013
  • View Profile for Darren McDarren Mc

    Saw this film at the Lighthouse last week, I loved it. I get that the reviewer Rory Cashin is entitled to his own opinion, but the message of this film clearly went over his head. I would easily give it 4 stars. Its also worth noting that it was shot in 7 days, by a 24 year old Irish Director for a budget of 4500. Thats a remarkable achievement in itself.

    Posted 15:02 | Fri 3rd May 2013
  • View Profile for auldskiauldski

    'Entitled to his opinion' what sort of PC crap is this ? This film deals with a subject that is very real in rural Ireland, both past & present.. The reviewer not liking the topic is not an adequate reason to give it a bad review ?!!? Real life is real, maybe our reviewer should stick with Disney & block busters.. This film does not have a big promotional campaign & consequently this review is actually quite important... I think the reviewer should respond to the general consensus of the comments on his review..

    Posted 08:14 | Sun 5th May 2013
  • View Profile for FitzFitz

    I disagree with the reviewer on the most part. Yes it had it's faults and its amateurish nature peaked through more than once. I loved the small things that made it a realistic portrayal, the low hum and clicking of the milking machine, the insulation tape on the steering wheel of the car, using the ancient tractor as a scaffold to paint the house. But it also brought to light some important issues that affect a large portion of our population. I think the medium of film is a great mirror, and if a person in a similar situation sees this film and relates to it they feel less alone. This film is vitally important to the young men of rural Ireland who are at the most risk to emigration and sadly suicide.

    Posted 16:55 | Tue 7th May 2013
  • View Profile for venagelvenagel

    Unbalanced, amateurish review. Reviewer sounds like someone who is looking for cheap cinema thrills rather than a cinematic documentary-style representation of real life. The film is perceptive and sensitive and a dose of the reality that is very real in today's Ireland, perhaps in most rural communities around the world. I was a little sceptical before going to see it but became quite engrossed very soon. It should be compulsory viewing for city slickers who have little or no experience of what life can be like in isolated areas. Not necessarily pretty viewing but good cinema. 4 or 5 stars.

    Posted 19:04 | Tue 7th May 2013

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