Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. Written by
The story of Bobby Sands had so much potential, and so many parallels with our current struggles with Terrorism, and the power of the state to deal with and squash dissent. The film instead is incredibly thin, relying on the shock of cells pasted with excrement, methodical beatings and institutional bastardization. In brief, the film depicts the brutalization of the prisoners as much as it does of the prison guards; it observes the horror that hunger strikers go through; and it observes the limited impact it has on the state. So what. They're facts we're all very familiar with. What it chooses not to do is observe the impact this event had in the places it really mattered... in the halls of power, in the streets of Belfast, and around the world. Bobby Sand's hunger strike and subsequent death raised the profile of the Irish people's struggle around the planet, and as such, that was it's only success. Those events are dealt briefly with twice.... in the long and boring conversation Bobby has with the Priest, and in the film's coda. This was lazy film-making.
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