2007: #6 The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Directed by: Ken Loach
Written by: Paul Laverty
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, and Liam Cunningham
Distributor: IFC Films
Country: Ireland
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 3/16/2007
Date seen: 9/14/2007
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $22,881,000
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 2 (Original Screenplay and Under Apreciated)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 0

This film won the Palm D’or at last year’s Cannes film festival, beating out such films as Pan’s Labyrinth and Babel, but then was only given a miniscule release before falling into relative obscurity.  This movie definitely deserved more widespread recognition, as it is a great piece that works on many levels.  This film works on one level as a great history lesson, on another level as great human drama, and the film also works on one further level as an allegory for the state of world affairs today.  This is one of the best films on the subject of the conflicts in Ireland and a great entry into the Ken Loach cannon.

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