The Wind that Shakes the Barley
First screened in April 2007
Director: Ken Loach. Cast: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Orla Fitzgerald, Liam Cunningham, John Crean, Roger Allam, Fiona Lawton, Laurence Barry, Mary Murphy, Mary O'Riordan, Sean McGinley. Screenplay: Paul Laverty.

Twitter Capsule: My partner griped, "That wasn't agitprop-y enough for me." No one else is likely to. Richly lensed.

VOR:   Tense, ruddy lighting of actors and environments; put me in mind of Greco and Caravaggio. That said, politics a bit simplified, story a tad sudsy. Not a Palme for the ages.

Photo © 2006 Sixteen Films, Ltd., © 2007 IFC Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or (Best Picture)
European Film Awards: Best Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd; tie)

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