The Wind That Shakes the Barley takes the I.R.A story in early 20th Century history in Cork, Ireland and translates it into a tragic moving, drama of two brothers torn apart. You see the struggles that build the resentment and rebellion against the “Black and Tan” squads of Britain.
The movie is like an open wound exposing all the tragic consequences of violence, war, betrayal, terrorism, greed, and political power gone amuck. It shows the effect on friends and family. It shows what can happen to brothers.
It was a movie that I found relevant in many ways to a lot of the issues we are facing today and I think that made it extra powerful to me.
The movie is directed by Ken Loach. Lead Actor Cillian Murphy ( Damien) gives a stand out performance. The movie came out in 2006. Rent it!