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)
(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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As Damien talks to the driver at the train station, modern concrete markings for the visually impaired are visible along the platform edge. 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 Wind That Shakes the Barley
Words by Robert Dwyer-Joyce
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