Ireland 1920: workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless ‘Black and Tan’ squads that are being shipped from Britain to block Ireland’s bid for independence.
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The Wind that Shakes the BarleyDirected byKen Loach
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.
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.
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.
Besides I, Daniel Blake – which I loved and highly recommend – I've found it really difficult to sit through almost everything else I've seen from Loach. Perhaps you need to be more interested in early 20th century Irish history than I was here, but The Wind That Shakes The Barley just seemed dull, uninspired, and didn't move me like I would've expected.