Brother against brother

The Wind That Shakes the Barley
"The Wind That Shakes the Barley."

Posted April 26, 2007

This Sunday, the Capawock Theatre is showing "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," a film by Ken Loach, which chronicles the events that led up to the Irish civil war that erupted from anti-Britain sentiments in the 1920s.

Cillian Murphy plays Damien, a prospering medical student about to leave his native Ireland for a London school. Padraic Daleney plays his brother, Teddy, who is passionately devoted to a guerrilla squad to fight for his country's independence.

Before leaving for London, Damien witnesses a horrific scene when the Black and Tans kill an Irish man, which convinces him to join Teddy in the battle for Ireland. Together, the brothers fight, and eventually a truce is signed, but war is not over.

The English soon enforce a treaty that is deemed unfair to part of the Irish population, and a civil war begins, pitting brother against brother.

The winner of the Palme d'Or, or the Golden Palm, at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" merited positive reviews from many movie critics.

"Great film. Ken Loach is such an important filmmaker, he's made so many great films over the years, and it's great to see another director, like Eastwood and so many others in their 70s, who continues to be at the top of his game," says Richard Roeper.

"The Wind That Shakes the Barley," Sunday, April 29, at 4 and 7 pm, Wednesday, May 2, at 4 and 7:30 pm, Capawock Theatre, Main Street, Vineyard Haven.