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Colin Farrell in a weird movie

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The best way I can find to describe “The Banshees of Inisherin” is…interesting. But, to be honest, I’ve never walked out of a movie feeling more confused.

The film is something of a reunion for director Martin McDonagh and stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who worked together on another dark comedy, 2008’s “In Bruges.”

Farrell also starred in “The Lobster,” which has similar vibes to “The Banshees of Inisherin.” So these guys are no strangers to the genre, but I can’t say this movie is their best work.

It starts with the end of a friendship

Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson) are best friends forever until the day they are gone.

Colm decides, seemingly out of nowhere, that he no longer wants to be friends with Pádraic. Not because of what he did or said, but simply because he’s “boring” and Colm wants to spend the rest of his life having great conversations and creating a legacy through music.

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Pádraic lives with his sister, Siobhan (Kerry Condon), in their deceased parents’ house, where they have several animals, including Pádraic’s beloved donkey which he treats more like a dog. Siobhan is an avid reader and incredibly smart, but when offered a job as a librarian she is afraid to take it, as it would be leaving Pádraic alone since Colm was her only friend.

It’s a story of loneliness

Out of loneliness, Pádraic begins to spend more time with Dominic (Barry Keoghan), a child whom everyone on the island finds annoying, but whom they pity because it is common knowledge that his father, a policeman, is violent.

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Everyone knows everyone’s business on such a small island.

In fact, it’s so small that there’s only one pub, so Colm and Pádraic are bound to cross paths at some point. And, of course, they do.

When the time comes, Pádraic can’t help but try to reason with Colm, who threatens that if Pádraic doesn’t leave him alone, he’ll cut off the fingers of his left hand, which would make it quite difficult to finish writing. the violin song he is working on.

Nobody knows if he’s bluffing or not, but it’s a risk they urge Pádraic not to take.

Behind “The Banshees”

“The Banshees of Inisherin” is named after the title Colm gives to the song he writes. In Irish folklore, banshees are female spirits that scream or howl to signal that a family member is about to die.

It’s visually stunning, well-written, and the acting is top-notch. But without context, the plot falls flat, leaving behind an unsettling and bizarre film.

Maybe I can save you from my fate by giving you some history.

The relationship between Pádraic and Colm in “The Banshess” is an allegory of the Irish Civil War which ended in 1923, the year the film is set. The plot makes a lot more sense once you know that.

My question is, how was I supposed to know? Is it just me? Is everyone familiar with Irish history in the 1920s?

Maybe I’m the problem. Some movies just aren’t for everyone. And if so, maybe this movie just wasn’t for me.

‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ 2.5 stars

Awesome ★★★★★ Good ★★★★

Correct ★★★ Bad ★★ Bomb ★

Director: Martin McDonagh.

With: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan.

Rating: R for language overall, some violent content, and brief graphic nudity.

Note: In theaters October 28.

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