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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 23 March 2007 (USA)
Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

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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 KGF Vissers

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Winner of the PALME D'OR at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

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23 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El viento que acaricia el prado  »

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£390,720 (UK) (23 June 2006)

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$1,829,142 (USA) (6 July 2007)
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All the British soldiers are played by Ex-British army soldiers. They were told not to overplay it, but act as they would if searching or interrogating insurgents. See more »

Goofs

When Teddy delivers Damien's letter to Sinead, he puts his cap on, gets on his motorcycle, and puts his goggles on the handlebar. In a wide shot, the goggles are around his neck. See more »

Quotes

Damien: The Treaty does not express the will of the people, but the fear of the people.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 17 March 2007 (2007) See more »

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley
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Words by Robert Dwyer-Joyce (as Robert Dwyer Joyce)
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Sad tale
19 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An exciting piece of Ken Loach drama based on events that sparked the Irish war of independence. Despite being labelled 'anti-British' by critics born 60 years after these events took place, the incidents depicted in this film have in fact all been documented by the British government and are a matter of historical fact. Events such as the treatment of the local population at the brutal hands of the infamous convict drafted Black and tans force have all been recorded assiduously by both sides in the conflict. And the civil war that followed a decision to allow the mostly protestant north to be a part of the new British welfare state. A clash of ideals, deftly handled by Loach, it's a real pity that so many will have their minds made up before they've even seen the film.


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