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Criticism of ‘Inisherin’s Banshee’, the legacy of Farrell and Gleeson

A crusade to walk around the house (the one to recover the friend) that is still the eternal one to understand the very meaning of our existences.

    On another island, the Hawaiian but Irish in spirit of Kauai, two (Irish) friends of the soul demonstrated it based on Homeric and impetuous fights. One cannot stop thinking about that pair of simple souls that were Michael Patrick Donovan (John Wayne) and Thomas Aloysius Gilhooley (Lee Marvin) from ‘The Irishman’s Tavern’ (1963) seeing in their tragicomic struggle with life, the routine and friendship with the innocent Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and the rude and stubborn Colm (Brendan Gleeson) from the latest work by Martin McDonagh, ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’. More Fordian (San John Ford) than the absurd and cruel humor of another compatriot like Samuel Beckett, the film seems to dissect, with the abrupt joke of a reverential mutilation at happy hour in any pub, the idyllic Innisfree from ‘The Quiet Man’ with its same customary weapons and gallery of characters, and with it the idea of ​​friendship that hovered over the work of the author of this. As endearing as it is goofy, fierce and calm as a tune watered with huge pints, ‘Almas en torment de Inisherin’ proposes a crusade to walk around the house (to recover the friend who, for no reason, has ceased to be) that is still the eternal one to understand the very meaning of our existences. McDonagh does it by resorting to comedy, with a golden duo whom he already had measuring himself against tedium in ‘Hiding in Bruges’ (2008) and a use of the landscape that offers the replicas that this couple does not know how to throw at each other, even if they are like the ammunition of something that begins to guess in the story.

    ‘Inisherin’s Wretched Souls’ ends up talking about the war, and about Ireland, with the calm gravity of Sean O’Casey’s novel that gave rise to ‘The Plow and the Stars’ (1936), or with the surreal daily life of the stories by Frank O’Connor, Martin J. McHugh and Lady Gregory that make up ‘Moonrise’ (1957), both, of course, about that John Ford who perhaps lost his eye to a friend on some Irish island .

    For friends/not friends of the soul and of films with an Irish tradition

    The best: the great recital offered by Farrell and Gleeson.

    The worst: that the oral richness of the VO is lost in the dubbing.


    Address: Martin McDonald Distribution: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan Country: United Kingdom Year: 2022 Release date: 3–2-2023 Gender: Drama Script: Martin McDonald Duration: 114 min.

    Synopsis: The story of two lifelong friends, Pádraic and Colm, who find themselves at a dead end when Colm abruptly ends their friendship.

    Source: Fotogramas

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