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 March 2007 (USA)
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Also Known As:
El viento que acaricia el prado
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Opening Weekend: £390,720
(23 June 2006)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
In the cinema scene, the man at the piano is Neil Brand
, one of Britain's leading silent cinema accompanists, who in 2006 featured significantly as a composer and accompanist in the BBC television series "Paul Merton's Silent Clowns". See more
A few of the IRA members are seen armed with German Mauser Kar98k rifles. However, these rifles weren't introduced until 1935, whereas the film takes place in 1920-1922. See more
How many British soldiers in the country, Tim?
About ten thousand, Damien.
Ten Thousand. Tans, artillery units, machine-gun car, cavalry...
And many more besides. What's your point, Damien?
It's young men like Micheail we're talkin' about, Teddy.
Micheail was a real Irishman, Damien.
You're a coward, Damien.
I'm a coward? And you're a hero, isn't it, Ned? You're gonna take down the British army with your hurley, is that it?
The Doon Reel
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