Film Reviews, Short Review

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

4/4

Violence as a means of political expression is as useful a tool as any other, I would personally argue. The question that The Wind That Shakes the Barley poses is “when is it a legitimate tool?” Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winner about the IRA’s fight for Irish independence in the 1920s is a very powerful film that opens up such a discussion with bravery and forthright strength of feeling. It is a film with blood and guts and fury within its heart, and yet it is so finely crafted, with excellent cinematography and brilliant performances all around that it is hard not to be moved by its ideas and speeches.

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