Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

***
UK

An ostensibly no-frills look into the formative days of the IRA, it centres on a Shakesperean-level tragedy involving two brothers with increasingly conflicting convictions, and is marred by the depiction of British soldiers as exclusively barking sadists. It beat a couple of much richer pictures (along with a couple of paltry ones) to win the Palme d'or.

dir: Ken Loach
cast: Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald, Mary O'Riordan, Mary Murphy, Laurence Barry, Damien Kearney, Frank Bourke

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At 7:56 PM , Blogger Paul Martin said...

In actuality, those soldiers were played with restraint, because in reality they were death squads who were under orders to take no prisoners. Loach was very balanced, and the Irish were also shown up for their atrocities. The point is that no-one wins in a war, which is especially poignant and relevant today.

Not a film to enjoy, but very well made and deserved the Palme d'Or in my opinion.

 

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