The Wind that Shakes the Barley 2006

    Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, this gripping drama by Ken Loach (Raining Stones) is set during the early days of the Irish Republican Army, when British occupation of the Irish radicalized many a citizen and caused some to take up arms. Cillian Murphy plays Damien, a medical student on his way to London when he witnesses a couple of atrocities committed by British troops. Instead of becoming a doctor, he turns into a leading and respected figure in an IRA division led by his brother, Teddy (Padraic Delaney). The film provides some …

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Falling for a Dancer 1998

Ireland 1937. Adapted for television by the novelist herself, Deirdre Purcell’sFalling for a Dancer is the compelling story of young, well-to-do Elizabeth Sullivan (Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh – From Time to Time), who becomes pregnant after a fling with an actor and loses her carefree life forever. In shame, her parents banish her to the remote Beara Peninsula to marry an older, widowed farmer (Dermot Crowley – Babel) with four children of his own. Youthful dreams of happiness fade away as Elizabeth learns to cope with motherhood and a loveless marriage. Then, at a village dance, in the only escape she has from her harsh existence, a momentary …

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