The Wind That Shakes the Barley [DVD] 
- SKU: 8446906
- Release Date: 09/04/2007
Ratings & Reviews
- Carry On Ken: A Look at the World of Director Ken Loach
- Feature commentary with director Ken Loach and historical advisor Professor Donal O'Driscoll
Two brothers are caught on differing sides of the battle for Irish freedom in this politically minded historical drama from veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach. It's 1920, and Damien O'Donovan (Cillian Murphy) has recently graduated from medical school. Damien plans to leave the small village in Ireland where he was born to take a job in London, much to the annoyance of his brother Teddy (Padraic Delaney), who is an Irish loyalist and wants to see the British stripped of their rule of his land. While visiting Peggy (Mary Riordan), a longtime friend of the family, Damien and Teddy witness a visit by "Black and Tans," British soldiers who supposedly keep the peace in Ireland; the soldiers turn violent and murder Michaeil (Lawrence Barry), Peggy's grandson, when they discover he only speaks Gaelic. Damien is radicalized by the event, and with Teddy joins the local chapter of the Irish Republican Army, who use violence to drive British troops out of the country. While the IRA is a poor and ill-equipped fighting force, their willingness to give their lives for their cause is taken very seriously by the British, who step up their reprisals against the locals; the Black and Tans even begin directing their violence and torture against women and children, including Damien's girlfriend, Sinead (Orla Fitzgerald). In 1921, Britain attempts to end the violence in Ireland by creating the Irish Free State, a compromise government which will give the Irish greater autonomy while Great Britain still retains final political control of the nation. Teddy sees this as a victory and believes it's an important first step to a truly free Ireland, but Damien sees the IRA's goal as nothing short of complete independence, and the brothers and allies soon become rivals in a battle neither side can win. The Wind That Shakes the Barley received the Golden Palm award as Best Picture at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Cillian Murphy - Damien O'Donovan
- Liam Cunningham - Dan
- Padraic Delaney - Teddy
- Orla Fitzgerald - Sinead
- Mary Riordan - Peggy
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Incredible view into a turbulent timeFebruary 11, 2008
This movie would be an incredible companion to Neil Jordan's "Michael Collins". Both are period pieces set during the tumultuous 1920's in Ireland. While "Michael Collins" provides a great view of the conflict from the perspective of those who signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, this movie provides a more detailed look at those who refused. Disturbing at times in its raw honesty, I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in Irish history.
I would recommend this to a friend
The Wind That Shakes the BarleyNovember 24, 2009
The plot of the movie dealt with the conflict between the Irish and the British. The visciousness of what the British did to the Irish was terrible and showed why the Irish hated the British so feircely. A very good movie and very helpful in learning about the history of the conflict.
I would recommend this to a friend
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