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Aro Recommended Wind That Shakes the Barley, The


Ireland / UK 2006, 127 minutes
Dir. Ken Loach
Genres: Drama / War

Topics: Period 1920s, Politics.


Aroview: Thoroughly gripping Cannes winner from "kitchen sink" exponent Ken Loach, retelling with parochial force Ireland's tumultuous twenties, where the Republican uprising against British occupying forces fuels a potent clash of violence, nationalism and timely political thought.

Perhaps overly sympathetic in its portrayal of the IRA's conception and subsequent at-all-costs bid for independence, Loach's unflinching eye for realism and impassioned, largely anonymous Irish cast (headed strongly by Cillian Murphy) nevertheless galvanizes throughout, a stirring tempo further elevated by scenes of lively political debate between characters divided and displaced by civil war. The bigger picture, however, tends to quash much of the human intimacy Loach is regarded for, with the idea that history repeats itself the film's dominate course.

NZ International Film Festival 2006
Cannes - Palm D’Or
Adopt-a-Movie Kindly Adopted by Loloma & Dave Read

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