There has been fighting. Now, there is an occupation. Some cannot look away from the anger of the past. Some can -- and feel they must -- look to a different future. Men play games in the fields and laugh, then return to town to face armed soldiers who explain that any public gatherings, including their games, are illegal. One man resists the harassment. He is killed with casual brutality and the full support of the law. The survivors weep and rage, and know that their tax dollars pay for the troops who've left them bereaved.

Welcome to Ireland in the 1920's. Ken Loach's new film, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, is a portrait of a specific time in the life of a land and the specific choices in the life of a man. Damien (Cillian Murphy) is going to be a doctor; he's invited to London to study, an opportunity the likes of which can hardly be imagined, and can hardly be refused. His brother Teddy (Padraic Delaney) is involved in the local Republican resistance, and can't quite understand how Damien can ignore the nation's struggle and live his own life; Damien can't quite grasp how Teddy can't know he's beaten. But events bring Damien to a choice, and soon the young doctor finds himself fighting alongside his brother. Both men are willing to kill and die. But how they kill -- and how they die -- will go far beyond what they've imagined might happen. ...
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