The Banshees of Inisherin
Director: Martin McDonagh Run Time: 109 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2022
Starring: Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Gary Lydon, Kerry Condon
Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, The Banshees of Inisherin follows lifelong friends Pádraic and Colm, who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Pádraic, aided by his sister Siobhán and troubled young islander Dominic, endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Pádraic’s repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences.
“It’s a really beautiful film, with brilliant performances,” he says. “And it’s funny… but it’s sad. No one really tries to make sad films any more.” ~ director, Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh is a British-Irish playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is known as one of the most acclaimed modern playwrights whose work has spanned over two decades and is celebrated for his absurdist black humor which often challenges the modern theatre aesthetic. He’s received numerous accolades including an Academy Award, four BAFTA Award, three Laurence Olivier Awards, and nominations for five Tony Awards. McDonagh won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Six Shooter in 2004 and has received nominations for three other Academy Awards. He directed the dark comedy films In Bruges (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), and The Banshees of Inisherin (2022).
World Cinema, Drama
“It’s a hoot and a half up until the last half hour when the comedy turns to tragedy, but make no mistake this is one of the year’s best films. It’s clever, challenging, symbolic, and impeccably acted by its stellar cast.” ~ Jeff York, The Establishing Shot
“With an uproarious sense of humor and tender sequences of heartbreak, and brimming with some of the year’s finest performances, it’s a formidable effort told with great care, and easily one of the most gratifying films of 2022.” ~ Jake Tropila, Film Inquiry