Over the years, I’ve read a few books about the Irish Rebellion, and spent a good deal of time trying to imagine what it must have been like to have been a part of it. Well, I don’t have to imagine anymore.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a tremendous accomplishment, a work that successfully presents the vast tale that is Ireland’s quest for independence. In the capable hands of director Ken Loach, the film never over-extends itself, managing to condense the entire story, from the revolt against the rule of Great Britain to the Civil War that followed independence, into a taut, brisk tour-de-force of just over two hours, leaving its audience wanting for nothing in the end.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a masterpiece.