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The Wind That Shakes the Barley

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

IRA drama is thoughtful, smart -- and bloody.

Movie NR 2007 127 minutes
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age 13+

A very violent film, but in a historical context

The movie opens with the off-camera murder of a young man by British soldiers, and the violence continues from there. This isn't, however, violence for the sake of being violent. It's an integral part of the storyline and portrays a very real part of life during the Irish War of Independence. Because of its historical context, it's really up to the parent to decide if this movie is suitable for their child. I would, however, reserve it for older kids.

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Viewers may well interpret this hard-hitting drama as an indictment of British colonialism -- as well an allegory for the United States' war in Iraq. When Loach accepted the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, he said, "Maybe if we tell the truth about the past, we tell the truth about the present." This hope works in several ways in The Wind that Shakes the Barley. As it tells the story of two Irish brothers caught up in the beginnings of the IRA (Irish Republican Army), the film also shows the many costs of war and oppression for fighters on all sides.

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