As the Irish Civil War rages on, the island of Inisherin remains just out of reach. When the wind drops, bombs can be heard, but many of the inhabitants are so disconnected from everything that they are unsure where their allegiances lie. Martin McDonagh’s film never leaves the island, but its sweeping vistas and stunningly-shot coastlines ensure that the film never feels claustrophobic, its few inhabitants spread out so sparsely that each home is like a testimony to loneliness.
BANSHEES OF INISHERIN takes its name from a piece of music Colm composes across the course of the film. Unfortunately for his best friend Pádraic, Colm has decided that he must stop speaking to him in order to devote his final years to music. When Padraic refuses to accept this, Colm swears that any time Padraic speaks to him he will cut off one of his own fingers.
The film is blackly comic, frequently absurd and proves to be McDonagh’s finest work, with a career-best turn from Farrell playing a lost soul confronting crippling loneliness and inadequacy. The film’s allegory for the civil war is present but not overplayed, a hauntingly lyrical tribute to humanity’s capacity for self-destruction. (Leila Latif)
GB/IR/US 2022, 109 Min., engl. OmU
Regie: Martin McDonagh
Kamera: Ben Davis
Schnitt: Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
mit: Colin Farrell