I do not at all get the accusations of over-simplicity! there's poetry in every frame :') the subtle movement, the delicate framing, and the way it allows every action and gesture space. Perfect storytelling.
Film che affronta con obiettività e crudezza la storia d'Irlanda.Forse è l'eccessiva obiettività a rendere il film poco coinvolgente, ma credo sia stato concepito per far riflettere,non per coinvolgere.Rimane impresso per i bellissimi canti corali irlandesi, i suoi paesaggi poetici e i suoi personaggi fieri e idealisti.Un inno alla libertà,realizzato con una regia di livello.Non un capolavoro,ma cmq interessante.
An exceptional piece of historic cinema by the admirable Ken Loach. This film bravely weaves a story of young Irish men standing up to the brutality and utter savagery of the British Army occupying their land. Ultimately, "The Wind..." is a tale of loyalty, nationality, and the testing of beliefs. Gorgeous cinematography and powerhouse performances all around. A must-see for anyone fighting to preserve their culture.
Almost a counterpoint to Hunger, a film which preferred to depict the Troubles through imagery, actions. Loach’s film, set a half-century earlier during the Civil and Independence Wars, does that, but is also a gusty, heated drama, inevitably emotive. His trademark, rowdy kinship now marked by a sombre tinge - truly harrowing in its most pronounced moments, only to still be sobering elsewhere. Its arc mirrors that of the focal struggle: lengthy, unyielding conflict, a brutal cycle of violence and savagery. Very admirable.
Damien: "It's easy to know what you are against, but quite another to know what you are for."
A devastating, multi-faceted piece documenting the birth of the IRA. The performances are brilliant; Cillian Murphy has never been better indeed. Gritty, violent, shocking but never without heart - this is one of the most compelling movies I have watched about British imperialism and the divisiveness that their policies caused during the earlier half of the 20th century, especially their own backyard.
This was my first Ken Loach film. Even being unfamiliar with his work this film speaks very clearly. While I can see why people would complain about the visual style being too simplistic, I see it as just being the way Loach chose to present his story; straightforward, allowing it to speak for itself. His humanism is what shines through. I feel that those who count his style against him aren't looking deep enough.
In the end it's an uncinematic epic. It's like watching a well-made tv drama.
I disagree, having seen many of those (British) BBC and ITV dramas, this is infinitely more poetic and brilliant, so much so it is beyond compare to them. I thought it was very cinematic, softly so, but it is a noticeable quality nonetheless. Sorry :') don't mean to sound high-and-mighty, it's just...I don't know, it's insulting to such a wonderful film :p sorry
The movie, apart from the last twenty minutes, is just too jumpy. It doesn’t go into depth of the story. At the beginning we actually don’t have any idea what is actually happening. The scenes are just to messy, and not explained enough. After the separation of the ideology of the Irish people, the movie is far better than it's first half or three quarters, but still, doesn’t pull you in, as much I expect it would or could or should.
Loach doing what he does best ... i`ve got his autograoh too !!!! i`ve met him too !!!!! touched by the hand off god ..
The struggle of Irish people to obtain their freedom is not a new subject in the vast film universe, and Ken Loach approaches it in an honest and correct way. The story shows all the suffering, sweat, blood and tears without any ornament. the ending is moving, and profoundly bitter.