My first impulse is to be glib and call this a 1930's set Irish 'Footloose'. However it is a Ken Loach film and must be given some respect. Loach and Laverty's latest shines light on Jimmy Gralton, a man run afoul of the Catholic Church and the landowners, whose sacrifices and hardships in attempting to provide an outlet for teaching and socializing had him run out of his own country. It's a little light for Loach.
This is not a 'cool' movie. That doesn't matter as being 'cool' is not Ken Loach. He is able to cut through all the bullshit in our societies and point out how hypocritical and restrictive our institutions can be. Filmmaking is about emotions and ideas and Loach shows us plainly and simply pure filmmaking with no empty posturing or meaningless exhibitionism, as always. A great swan song for a great filmmaker.
La solita immensa grandezza nella solita immensa semplicità.Loach dipinge l ennesimo spaccato di un'Irlanda lacerata dai conflitti interni,e lo fà con il solito tocco impareggiabile e con scene che vanno dritte al cuore(il ballo in penombra,le riunioni,gli scontri,il finale pieno di tristezza e speranza).Ennesima perla di un autore fantastico,per stile e coerenza narrativa. Grande grande Ken.