Print March 9, 2023 3 comments
The Banshees of InisherinNicholas R. Jeelvy
I have a rule about films: I don’t watch any made after 2008, which I consider to be the last year in which good films were made. Sometimes, however, my rule can be wrong and I’ll make an exception. I’m pleased to report that my rule was wrong about The Banshees of Inisherin, a 2022 Irish film starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson and directed by Martin McDonagh.
Colin Farrell portrays Pádraic Súilleabháin, a farmer living on the fictional island of Inisherin, off Ireland’s western coast, in the 1920s, during the waning months of the Irish Civil War.
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This film sounds like existential porn.
My cutoff point for movies is actually a little later than yours. I can still find things (few and far between, yes, but they are there) right up until around 2017 or so, which is when the tribe started reacting to Trump’s election and every single movie made had to contain a nod to POC or female worship. I might actually check out this one. Waking Ned Devine was another great “Irish” themed movie, although more of a comedy.
Your review helped me appreciate the film more; you were absolutely correct about some of us wanting to “warn Siobhán that city life is meaningless or inauthentic”. Thanks for the insights, hope to hear you soon on an upcoming podcast.
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