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 On the one hand, there will be an Irish Free State with British troops withdrawn.Read more ›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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Awesome movie. Be prepared for violence particularly at the beginning of the movie.Published 4 hours ago by Moira Cain-Mannix
The example of the “great” war film, at least in my eyes, has to be this movie. It is a 2006 film made in the United Kingdom that has become a personal favorite because of a... Read morePublished 15 days ago by B. Schrimpf
great movie...shows the cruelty the Irish suffered at the hands of the British in the early 20th Century/Published 29 days ago by Jane D.
Very true feel of war for independence. Too bad Ireland never got it completely done. Murphy good actor and represented irish family issues well.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer