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.
(...) Wer den Titel des Films googelt stösst auf einen revolutionären Song von Robert Dwyer Joyce aus dem späten 18. Jahrhundert. Der Song handelt davon, dass der Wille eines Einzigen das Schicksal von Generationen verändern kann und diese Kraft spüren wir in Loachs Film(...)
As with almost any Loach movie politics with a sharp Marxist interpenetration is dominate that too often, unfortunately, is overdone. The second half of the film stands out in the Irish Civil with brother fighting brother, and the practicality of revolution questioned somewhat. Still although it is tender it sometimes feels like cliched revolutionary romanticism.