The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) Film Review

The Wind that Shakes the Barley

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.

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