Monday, April 18, 2016

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

Cannes Film Festival 2006

Palme d'Or
Ken Loach

IFC First Take
Directed by Ken Loach
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, IFC Films/Genius Products)

Residents of an Irish village are harassed by the brutal British soldiers who occupy their country. One day they kill someone and the men of the town organize a militia to resist and fight back. They eventually force the British into a treaty which will stop the fighting but not give them full independence. This fractures the resistance into those who support the treaty and the purists who refuse to give up. More violence follows, but this time it's Irish against Irish, brother against brother. Powerful anti-war message manages to rise above all of the shouting.

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