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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) Movie Information

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Ken Loach


Cillian Murphy
Liam Cunningham
Gerard Kearney
William Ruane
Padraic Delaney
Orla Fitzgerald





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"The Wind That Shakes The Barley" by Yojimbo

A pair of working class Irish brothers are caught up in the troubles during the social upheaval caused by the fight for independence in 1920. Set during the same period as Neil Jordan's Michael Collins, The Wind That Shakes The Barley is a far more personal representation of the events depicted; while Jordan concentrated on the political movers and shakers of the period, Loach is far more concerned with the ordinary soldiers on the ground and the divisions that were created by the treaty of 1920. Although it centres around the ordinary working class folk of Ireland, I couldn't help the feeling that we didn't really get to know any of them on a personal level leaving little room for emotional attachments; we saw their political views and passions but learn little of them as people. Althoug...

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12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Wind that Shakes the Barley

I'm glad this film took a more personal approach about the conflict between the British and the Irish. A sense of sadness pervaded this film but moments of courage made this movie more uplifting. Cillian Murphy did a wonderful job as a doctor that's been sucked in by his family and friends to defend his country. I find it haunting that initially he was the one that didn't want to get into the war but he turns out to be the one that strives for true justice in the end. Although the film runs for more than two hours, maybe that's a good thing. It allows its audience to consider the material seriously and absorb it. This is one of those movies that didn't really get recognized by a lot of people, which is a shame because people could've learned something from it. Personally, it got to me bec...

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