U.S. / UK / Ireland, 114 min, DCP, Dir. Martin McDonagh, Rated R, Searchlight Pictures
"The writer-director’s superbly acted fourth feature is his most Irish work for the screen to date, and also one of his best.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
“Martin McDonagh returns to the mythic brute poetry of his theater work for a study of men undone both by loneliness and kinship — the result is his richest, most moving film.”— Guy Lodge, Variety
Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, The Banshees of Inisherin follows lifelong friends Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Pádraic, aided by his sister Siobhán (Kerry Condon) and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavors 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.
Director Martin McDonagh had wanted to reunite Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson ever since their amazing double act in his debut feature, In Bruges (2008). That film is remembered fondly and the writer-director loved the two actors as a pairing. Farrell went on to star in his second film, Seven Psychopaths, but McDonagh spent years thinking of a fit for him and Gleeson in another story. It wasn’t until he landed upon the idea for The Banshees of Inisherin that the reunion was ready to happen. The characters were written for Farrell and Gleeson - and the actors were keen to come along for the ride.
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