The Wind That Shakes the Barley

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

  Now comes the end of that film in our cinemas, which was awarded at this year’s Cannes Film Festival – surprising how often one could read in the press – with the coveted Palme d’Or. The jury headed by the Chairman of Wong Kar-Wai unanimously chose The Wind That Shakes the Barley, winner in the competition and the reason for this, among other things, that these political films have won prestigious awards at a professional audience perspective of the greatest compassion. Has borrowed the title of director Ken Loach at the same Ballad of the Irish poet Rober Dwyer Joyce, whose design corresponds to the tragic rebellion of 1798 in Ireland with the sensitive topic of his film: the bloody battle of the Irishmen to independence from British rule in the early twenties of the last century.

May increase considerably during extreme in his native Ireland, the political and social conflicts with the British colonial power and organizes a but determined, ever-increasing Irish resistance, sends to the young doctor Damien (Cillian Murphy), London to prefer to work in a hospital. But shortly before he left abruptly awakened his awareness of the brutal repression of practice, are exposed to his countrymen, for he sees him as a young neighbor of British mercenaries, known as the Black and Tans, is first humiliated and ultimately beaten to death. This traumatic experience changed radically Damien’s life, which is now rapidly decides to abandon his plans and now are fighting for the liberation of his country. Together with his brother Teddy (Pádraic Delaney), who has been active in the resistance, suggests that the physician is now on the side of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and joins the armed struggle of the guerrilla troops, the military effort in desperate attacks are to weaken the enemy.

Represent Besides the underground life of the bond with his brother and the love for the brave Sinead (Orla Fitzgerald) is the only pillar in his personal life, but when the official position of a dubious peace treaty with the British in the changed in December 1921, Damien has to understand that the treacherous pitfalls of high politics to shatter not only the resistance movement into warring camps, but also the relationship to poison his brother are able to acquire. Teddy endorses the new political development, however, Damien continues to hold firm in the struggle for absolute independence of Ireland, so that the two brothers move, finally, as mortal enemies on opposite sides in the ensuing civil war.

Seventy years old is the British filmmaker Ken Loach now, and still no ifs and buts relentlessly political. Few Need, but clearly it will take an enlightening cinematic creations in his party for the oppressed and the underdog, always strives to decompose harmonizing stereotypes and take a humanistic point of view of sometimes biting realism, which usually have a current reference can not be missed. Is The Wind That Shakes the Barley, a film about events in the distant past, their direct impact in today’s Ireland are still painfully evident. In an interview with the Bavarian television, he once answered the question of the benefits of engagement that seem to alter anything with the words: “I am not a messiah, bringing the blessing moves through the country. It still goes, if I call attention to abuses. The great transformation of the world, or world revolution through film I have long been washed off. I give a voice that might otherwise not hear .”

In addition to craft and acting talents completely successful staging is The Wind That Shakes the Barley, a work of emotional depth, which in combination with very poetic elements and also cruel as beautiful images goes to the heart. Moreover, it is a historically sensitive film about the horrors of violent repression, resistance and war that is not afraid to stand and addressed in addition to the realistic representation of the effects of the great history of the focus on the fate of the individual concerned. And it is this personal level that detects people moving within the political tragedy as suffering wearer and gives it a voice that touches the audience and not let go so soon.

(Mary Anderson)

Title: The Wind That Shakes the Barley Country of production: Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Great Britain Year of production: 2006 Length: (# ) 124 (min) of material: New Visions Film Distribution

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