The Wind That Shakes The Barley

THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEYBBBB

(out of 5)


Moved by the heinously violent oppression that he and his fellow Irishmen suffer under British occupation, a previously unpolitical doctor () inches more and more towards radicalism and in the footsteps (and beyond) of his IRA leader brother in 1920s Ireland. This mesmerizing, if long, drama by Ken Loach (which took the Palme D’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival) examines not only the motivations behind the grassroots military activity that Irish citizens took against the British crown, but also examines (to unforgettable effect) the period after the peace treaty between the two countries that saw violence turn inwards amongst the Irish themselves. A heartbreaking but deeply felt dramatic epic, it is brought beautifully to life by the dead-on performances and the loveliest post-Quiet Man images of Ireland ever photographed (when since Excalibur have there been so many deeply gorgeous pools of green on the big screen?) Loach, whose usual style of social realism concerns itself with modern-day characters, shows an equally adept feel for period drama.


Ireland/United Kingdom/Germany/Italy/Spain/France/Belgium/Switzerland2006

Directed by Ken Loach

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2006, TIFF 2006


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Cannes Film Festival Award
Palme D’Or

European Film Award
Best European Cinematographer (tie)

Nominations
Best European Film
Best European Actor (Cillian Murphy)
Best European Director (Ken Loach)
Best European Screenwriter

Goya Award Nomination
Best European Film


WindThatShakesTheBarley

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