The Wind That Shakes the Barley

(Ireland/Great Britain/Germany/Italy/Spain, 2006, 126 minutes)

In 1920 Ireland, two brothers are caught up in the fight for Irish independence from Britain. Absorbing but ultimately unsuccessful activist period piece that straddles a thin line between politics and melodrama and never finds the right balance. Production values and performances equally excellent.

A Pathé Distribution release. A Sixteen Films/Matador Pictures/Regent Capital/UK Film Council/Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen/Element Films/BIM Distribuzione/EMC Produktion/Tornasol Films/Diaphana Distribution/Pathé Distribution/Cinéart/TV3 Ireland/Film Coopi production. Starring Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Padraic Delaney, Orla Fitzgerald, Myles Horgan, Damien Kearney. Directed by Ken Loach; produced by Rebecca O'Brien; written by Paul Laverty; music by George Fenton; director of photography, Barry Ackroyd; production designer, Fergus Clegg; costume designer, Eimer ni Mhaoldomnaigh; film editor, Jonathan Morris.


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