In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers. Written by
Winner of the PALME D'OR at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
23 June 2006 (Ireland)
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Also Known As:
El viento que acaricia el prado
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Opening Weekend: $76,190
(16 March 2007)
(6 July 2007)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
The commercial interest expressed in the United Kingdom was initially much lower than in other European countries and only 30 prints of the film were planned for distribution in the UK, compared with 300 in France. However, after the Palme d'Or award the film appeared on 105 screens in the UK, more than three times larger than the UK release for any of Ken Loach
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The British troops wear medal ribbons from the Great War (1914-18). The film is set in 1919-21 but ribbons were not issued until 1922 by which time British troops had gone. See more
Give me your letters, Chris.
[Damien holds out his hand. Chris just looks at him
Give me your letters, Chris!
I didn't know what to write. And Mam can't read.
[Damien lets his hand fall, sighs
Just tell her I love her. And where I'm buried.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Words by Robert Dwyer-Joyce
(as Robert Dwyer Joyce) See more