In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O’Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend’s farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in the Irish Army, but the two of them will soon be torn apart.
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The Wind that Shakes the BarleyDirected byKen Loach
Enfin un film de Ken Loach qui n'est pas binaire. Il n'y a pas les bons contre les mauvais à part les britanniques bien sûr :-) . Les différents dilemmes une fois l'armée anglaise chassée sont exposés de manière pédagogique : real politique avec l'Angleterre ou poursuite de la guerre pour une totale autonomie, régime démocratique représentatif avec séparation des pouvoirs ou mise en place d'un régime communiste.
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY marked the first time I watched a movie from director Ken Loach. I'm not quite understand the war situation as depicted in this movie. Thank God, I still able to follow the story. I know, this movie appeared as a historical movie. But it was focusing more on its character study and human drama. This movie wanted us to know that no one will ever get a benefit from war. A very good movie
An exceptional piece of historic cinema by the admirable Ken Loach. This film bravely weaves a story of young Irish men standing up to the brutality and utter savagery of the British Army occupying their land. Ultimately, "The Wind..." is a tale of loyalty, nationality, and the testing of beliefs. Gorgeous cinematography and powerhouse performances all around. A must-see for anyone fighting to preserve their culture.
This was my first Ken Loach film. Even being unfamiliar with his work this film speaks very clearly. While I can see why people would complain about the visual style being too simplistic, I see it as just being the way Loach chose to present his story; straightforward, allowing it to speak for itself. His humanism is what shines through. I feel that those who count his style against him aren't looking deep enough.
The reaction of the British tabloid press was predictable, but it was very brave for a British director to tackle this very emotive subject. The events depicted may have happened almost a century ago, but they are relevant in politically and socially to this day.
The struggle of Irish people to obtain their freedom is not a new subject in the vast film universe, and Ken Loach approaches it in an honest and correct way. The story shows all the suffering, sweat, blood and tears without any ornament. the ending is moving, and profoundly bitter.