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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

March Film Club

Hello friends, thank you to all you brave souls that made it out in the bitter cold to come see (500) Days of Summer, we had a great turn out and pretty good discussion following.  For the month of March, following my usual tradition of showing a film regarding the Irish, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I've decided to show Ken Loach's The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

The Wind that Shakes the Barley is a 2006 Irish war drama directed by Ken Loach, set during the Irish War of Independence (1919-1922) and the Irish Civil War (1922-1923).  This drama tells the fictional story of two County Cork brothers, Damien O'Donovan (Cillian Murphy) and Teddy O'Donovan (Padraic Delaney), who join the Irish Republican Army to fight for Irish independence form the United Kingdom.  It takes its title from the Robert Dwyer Joyce song "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" a song set during the 1798 rebellion in Ireland and featured early in the film.  Widely praised, the film won the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.  The film got a positive reaction from film critics.  As of January 5, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 88% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 102 reviews.

Jim Emerson, film critic and former editor for Roger Ebert, awarded the film 4/4 stars saying this of the film: "You don't have to know about the history of the "the troubles" in Northern Ireland to be swept up in the human drama of Ken Loach's "The Wind that Shakes the Barley," which won the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.  With almost tactile immediacy-you can almost smell the smoke and the wild grasses in the hills, feel the rain and the fog in your bones-this movie places you shoulder to shoulder with people who are living and dying for their country, their families, their friends and their principles."

This is very excellent, often gritty, film about some of the volatile history of Ireland.  Ken Loach crafts a moving and compelling drama and I hope you can make it out for this wonderful film!

We will be meeting Thursday, March 19th at 6:15pm.

Here's the trailer:

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