Ireland is overrun by English soldiers that treat the Irish with disdain and violence. It’s 1920, and a young doctor, Damien (Cillian Murphy), is about to leave to work in a London Hospital, much to the disgust of many young republicans including his own brother. At the last-minute he changes his mind, and joins the rebellious IRA fighting the English. However, their differing attitudes put the brothers against each other.
Deeply traumatic, extremely depressing. I never understood quite why the English took over Ireland. Something to do with anti-Catholicism, I believe, and that Cromwell was a key player hundreds of years ago. I certainly don’t understand, whether it be Ireland or anywhere else, how people can treat each other so cruelly. I found this a very difficult film to watch. These are the stories that need to be told in the hope that such situations are not repeated. Yet I look at the world. There are many horrible things happening all over. Oh, dear. It seems this film has really brought me down.