The acting of Stephen Rea and Jaye Davidson was excellent and the plot itself was actually pretty good. Even if you already know the plot twist before watching the movie its still a really shocking one, and completely changes the tone of the film. However, the whole political context of the film was flawed and could have been a lot better. One of the most unsettling but unique relationships ever put on a film.
If there was ever a movie that based it's entire appeal on a plot twist, here's the most vivid example. Maybe i need to see it again, it's been a while, because all the political context doesn't seem to be enough to sustain the artificial melodrama the movie builds.
Jordan's oscar winning script stands up well with this clever reworking of an earlier script he had written called 'The Soldier's Wife'. By adding a shocking plot twist he elevated the political material he had written into a more compelling and unique work. Performances are uniformily excellent with strong turns by Rea, Whittaker, Richardson and especially Jaye Davidson in a debut performance. Incredible film.
A film about divides. About the divided country - Ireland - and about the continual inability of the two countries - England and Ireland - to exist comfortably and independently, side-by-side. This idea is explored via the central relationship - an interracial, homosexual attraction between an Irish terrorist and an English soldier, both conflicted - and in the structure of the narrative; the first half a theatrical two-hander and the second half descent into murky film-noir.
the first culturally significant irish film. the compositions are outstanding from jordan and stephen rea shows that he is the finest actor of his generation. the plot is fantastic, as it weaves and winds and THAT twist is unseen. the comments irish identity in a world of violence, isolation and separation is superb. the irish film industry and its characteristics can be traced back to this work.
I like Stephen Rea, I like Jaye Davidson, I like watching them interact onscreen. I think Fergus and Dil's relationship is overly emotionally-masochistic for no particularly good reason, and the pace is kinda slow. But again, I really like Stephen Rea and Jaye Davidson.
Watch it for the astonishing turn by Jaye Davidson, alluring, enigmatic, and vulnerable. The rest of the movie suffers from slow pacing and a split personality disorder, unsure whether of being a political thriller or a psychological drama.