Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Ken Loach, 2006, Ireland (8.9*)

Palm D'Or, Cannes
Terrific film of the Irish Republicans in the 1920's, and how the British tried to turn brother against brother to divide opposition. This is a non-compromising look at an era of U.K. history that we know little about here in the U.S. This particular story is about two brothers, played by Cillian Murphy (cover photo) and Padraic Delaney, in the area of Cork, who are together in fighting the occupying British forces.

The title is from a poem about the 1780's rebellion, and the losing of a loved one. Apparently this film got almost no release in England, being about the Irish side of the struggle, with simple people fighting an invading army. It's an excellent war film in any case, as it garnered 5 awards and 19 nominations worldwide. Awards page at IMDB:


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