The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley Produced by Rebecca O'Brien; directed by Ken Loach; screenplay by Paul Laverty; cinematography by Barry Ackroyd; production design by Fergus Clegg; costumes by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh; edited by Jonathan Morris; original music by George Fenton; starring Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald, Gerard Kearney, and William Ruane. Color, 127 min. An IFC First Take release.Like Neil Jordan's 1996 film, Michael Collins, Ken Loach's new film deals with the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) and the ensuing Civil War (1922-23). Unlike Jordan's film, however, which dramatizes the historical events 'top-down,' through the actions of its leaders in Dublin, Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley, in his characteristically populist manner, portrays events 'bottom-up,' through the experiences of rank-and-file members of an IRA 'flying column' in the rural southwest of County Cork, where some of the conflict's most intense fighting took place. In Loach's film,...