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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
A three legged dog can be seen walking across the screen. This is something of a trademark of Ken Loach's films. Initially it was an accident with a dog wandering into the shot, but it became a planned feature of his films later. See more »
At one point, the characters sing Amhrán na bhFiann, the Irish language version of The Soldier's Song, which would go on to become Ireland's national anthem. Whilst The Soldier's Song was known at the time, the version in Irish was not written until 1923, three years after the film is set. See more »
[singing, at the wake for Micheail]
The old for her / The new that made me think / On Ireland dearly / While soft the wind blew down the glen / And shook the golden barley / 'Twas hard the woeful words to frame / To break the ties that bound us / But harder still to bear the shame / Of foreign chains around us / And so I said the mountain glen / I'll seek at morning early / While soft the wind blew down the glen / And shook the golden barley
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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.
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