Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Movie Rec: The Wind That Shakes the Barley

With Cillian Murphy.
It won the Palm d'Or (the highest prize at Cannes) in 2006.
It takes place in the early 1900s, during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War.
Generally it got very good reviews across the board (i.e. English and Irish alike). And apparently it was the highest grossing independent Irish film ever.

Though there was a bit of controversy.
From wikipedia:
Tim Luckhurst of The Times called the movie a "poisonously anti-British corruption of the history of the war of Irish independence" and went so far as to compare Loach [the director of the film] to Nazi propagandist director Leni Riefenstahl.

I don't think the guy had seen the film, so take that for what it is.

Anyway, see it. Its pretty great.

1 comment:

Big Myk said...

We saw The Wind that Shakes the Barley and, while we thought that the acting was tremendous, we weren't willing to give it a two thumbs way up review. The story wanders a bit, and I didn't quite get it, except that armed insurrection is extemely messy business.