Oscars Nominee - The Banshees of Inisherin
Film@BirrTheatre brings you the best of Irish, world and independent cinema on the theatre's big screen, every Thursday night at 8pm. Last week Harry Styles graced our big screen in Don't Worry Darling, course that was just before he cleaned the floors of the Brit awards with his quartet of awards! That fella can do no wrong at the moment and more power to him! However, this week, one might describe this weeks tragicomedy The Banshees of Inisherin as the movie of the year, and it comes to Birr theatre this Thursday!
In 1923, a civil war is being waged in Ireland. Just off the coast lies the fictional island of Inisherin, a small island community that keeps to itself and has avoided being drawn into the war on the mainland, even as they see explosions off in the distance on the horizon. Little does this island know that they are about the experience their own civil war of sorts, with the dissolution of a friendship in The Banshees of Inisherin, the latest film from acclaimed writer/director Martin McDonagh that sees him runiting his In Bruges stars, Colin Farrell and Brenden Gleeson.
Lifelong friends Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm,(Gleeson) suddenly find themselves at an impasse, when Colm unexpectedly ends their friendship. A stunned Pádraic, endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, the whole village become involved in the standoff, with events swiftly escalating, with shocking consequences.
Martin McDonagh brings us a gentle and brutal tale of a broken friendship, a rich, soulful journey, full of agony, laughter and big, haunting questions. Boasting standout performances from Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan. The chemistry between the entire cast is the beating heart of this tragicomedy.
It's also about more than just the end of a friendship, the Irish civil war popping up from time to time on the periphery is a strong hint as to what the film is about; the seeds of animosity and consternation and domestic infighting are being sown in the explosions seen across the water, setting up decades of strife. Pádraic and Colm are a microcosm of those bitter seeds being sown, setting up years of enmity and resentments.
Not wanting to give anymore away, its time to grab a pal -(you won't be falling out with) and book the last few remaining seats to see this multiple Oscar Nominee film. Get your tickets early this week as bookings are strong and they might close earlier on this screening - due to demand.