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The Wind That Shakes the Barley
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From then on we're in the middle of a rag-tag guerilla war, driven by a stern sense of justice and a determination to force the British out of Ireland. The British use wide-spread intimidation, brutality, imprisonment and executions by courts martial. Some of the men we've met die, British soldiers die, hostages die, traitors die, a young friend of Damien's who gave information is executed by Damien. He slowly moves from a reluctant fighter to a man who has become single-minded in what he does. When a truce is declared and a peace treaty is finally agreed upon in 1922 between the British Government and Sinn Fein, the stark reality of compromise splits the fighters. On the one hand, there will be an Irish Free State with British troops withdrawn.Read more ›
And so begins this shocking, mesmerizing film about a County Cork rebellion against the British, circa 1920-1922 and zeroes in on two brothers Damien (a sensitive, intelligent, driven Cillian Murphy of "28 Days Later"), trained as a doctor who feels that, instead of pursuing his life long dream of working in London, chooses instead to stay home and fight the good fight. Damien's brother Teddy (Padraic Delaney in a fueled-by-fire performance...his first movie), a big man strangling under the iron grip of the British. The Cain and Abel story is recalled here as it is in a number of Motion Pictures including "East of Eden," as Damien and Teddy eventually have a moral and political parting of the ways and find themselves on opposite sides of the Anglo Irish Treaty of 1920.
Loach's films are all about making the political personal and the personal political and "TWTSTB" is no exception.Read more ›
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GREAT STORY OF ABUSES BY THE MOST OPPRESSIVE MONARCHY IN HISTORY--------BRITAN.....!Published 27 days ago by kenneth baker
Without a doubt, one of the most moving and impressive movies about the Irish troubles that I have ever seen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy Schaub
Wrenching, touching, extraordinarily well acted. Cillian Murphy is SUPERB!Published 2 months ago by Xxxxxxxxx
It's an admirable film effort, but I couldn't continue due to extreme brutality and violence. Another example of how males have ravaged and pillaged throughout history. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great Video about Ireland in the early 1900's, 1920's specifically and how the IRA got started and why. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wheatgerm