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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

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

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Kevin
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Máirtín de Cógáin ...
Sean (as Mairtin de Cogain)
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Storyline

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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Also Known As:

El viento que acaricia el prado  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£390,720 (United Kingdom), 25 June 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,190, 18 March 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,829,142, 8 July 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,889,018
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The title was taken from the poem The Wind that Shakes the Barley by 19th century poet Robert Dwyer Joyce: "But blood for blood without remorse // I've taken at Oulart Hollow // And laid my true love's clay-cold corpse // Where I full soon may follow //As 'round her grave I wander drear // Noon, night and morning early // With breaking heart when e'er I hear // The wind that shakes the barley". The poem is about a young man who joins the 1798 rebellion after his true love is killed. See more »

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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 »

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Damien: [loading revolver] I studied anatomy for five years, Dan. And now i'm going to shoot this man in the head. I've known Chris Reilly since he was a child. I hope this Ireland we're fighting for is worth it.
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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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15 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Another powerful movie from Ken Loach and a well deserved winner of the Palm D'or at Cannes. Some magical performances not only from the stars, but from the whole cast. I would urge you to find this film and go and see it. You will be educated, moved and it will leave you wanting to understand more.

From the start you feel as if you are in the 1920's and this feeling stays with you throughout. Obviously with a lower budget than most of the summers blockbusters, the film still manages to contain amazing action sequences and just has a wonderful atmosphere throughout.

Truly fantastic!


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