The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
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Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Martin McDonagh team up again for The Banshees of Inisherin, an unusual story of a friends' break-up, reinventing the tropes we associate with a romantic break-up, and while in the modern world, you can generally take the ghosting and move on, on a small Irish island in the 1920s, losing your one friend is a much bigger deal. Setting it during the Irish Civil War is no doubt a mirror of the situation, setting brother against brother, and highlighting the underlying absurdity of the conflict. This bleak comedy provides a lot of character humor and we chuckled throughout, but also so heavier, emotional moments, so I'm not gonna say there weren't tears too. There are a lot of expressive animals, companions filling in the holes the lack of humans have left, and it's notable that the "smarter" friends has a dog whose breed is known for its intelligence, while the "dumb" one has a miniature donkey (and very sweet it is). The film doesn't withhold the reasons why one friend would want to break off with the other, but it's nothing melodramatic (though perhaps the consequences reach those heights), just very human. While Gleeson and Farrell are very good, Kerry Condon as the latter's sister is sort of the audience's stand-in and extremely effective. Gold star to Barry Keoghan as well, playing the very last rung of the friendship ladder with gusto. And such stark cinematography, it's gorgeous to look at too.
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This movie ranks #8 in iCheckMovies's 2020s Top 100
This movie ranks #19 in IMDb's 2020s Top 50
This movie ranks #52 in BAFTA Award - Best British Film
This movie ranks #157 in Golden Globe Award - Best Motion Picture
This movie ranks #487 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #587 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees