The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

Ireland/United Kingdom/Germany/Italy/Spain/France/Belgium/Switzerland2006.  Sixteen Films, , , UK Film Council, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, , BIM Distribuzione, , Tornasol Films, , Pathé Distribution, Cinéart, , . Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Palme D’Or

European Film Award:  Best European Cinematographer
Nominations: Best European Film; Best European Actor (Cillian Murphy); Best European Director (Ken Loach); Best European Screenwriter

Toronto International Film Festival:  2006

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