The Wind That Shakes the Barley
As political tensions brew in early 1920s Ireland, brothers Damien and Teddy (Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney) abandon their civilian lives and take up arms to liberate their country from the oppressive "Black and Tan" squads of Britain. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Ken Loach's provocative drama examines a microcosm of civil war in Cork, Ireland. Liam Cunningham co-stars.
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- Ken Loach
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; behind-the-scenes featurette; audio commentary.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this 1920s-set drama about the IRA will probably only interest older teens with an interest in history, since its mature subject matter includes dire violence and political discussion. The battle scenes include shootings and grenade explosions; bodies are explicitly injured, broken, and bloodied. Characters are tortured (screaming and beating sounds come from off screen, and fingernails are pulled out on screen) and executed via gunshots to the head and firing squad. A brief, tender, non-explicit love scene is mostly filmed in the shadows. British soldiers burn a house and beat up a young woman and cut off her hair. Brothers and friends have increasingly tense, loud arguments. Lots of cigarette smoking and plenty of swearing ("f--k," "s--te," "arse," etc.).
- Sexual Content
- Brief sex scene between the film's only couple is shot in shadows and accompanied by romantic piano.
- Weapons include guns, knives, grenades, and pliers (for pulling out fingernails); battle scenes show injuries and bloody bodies; the films IRA heroes are shot at, tortured, and imprisoned by British soldiers -- their acts of vengeance, however righteous, never lead to victory, as they suffer emotionally afterward and the British maintain dominion.
- Lots of angry language, including more than 40 uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and "s--te," "ass," "damn," "bastard," "bitch," and "whore."
- Social Behavior
- Difficult situations bring about difficult decisions: Violent acts, betrayals, and commitments come with terrible costs.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Young men smoke cigarettes repeatedly; in bar scenes and during political meetings, characters drink liquor and ale.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it