maybe the name of Martin McDonald does not ring a bell, but if we tell you that it is the director of ‘Three billboards on the outskirts’, surely you place him. In fact, he has an Oscar for his first work as a director, ‘Six Shooter’, a short action film with Brendan Gleeson, one of the protagonists of ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’. The other protagonist, Colin Farrell, was one of the actors in his other two films, ‘Seven Psychopaths’ and ‘Hiding in Bruges’, so everything stays at home.
McDonagh He has wanted to move away from politics and metacomedy in this film, betting on a hilarious but gloomy humorset in the 1920s, on a (fictional) island cut off from the world called Inisherin where you barely live (or want to live) nothing of the civil war that is claiming lives in the country to which it belongs, Ireland.
The movie was released in the United States on October 21, 2022 and, since then, it has become one of the great successes of the season, especially among critics: three months after its release, it still has a resounding 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and an interesting 7.8 on IMDb (Keep in mind that half the world hasn’t seen it yet).
‘Almas en pena de Inisherin’ will arrive in Spanish cinemas on February 3, a perfect date for it to be seen just before the big film awards: BAFTA (February 19), Screen Actors Guild Awards (February 26), Independent Spirit Awards (March 4) and, finally, the Oscars (March 12 ).
At the time of writing this article, it has no less than 272 nominations and a hundred awards; among them, three Golden Globes or the awards for Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the last Venice Festival. I am not risking it if I say, of course, that next Tuesday, January 24, we will hear the title of this film many times in the Oscar nominations.
the movie now It has been released in the United States and Canada on a platform, specifically on HBO Max, but we still don’t know for sure who has the rights for Spain, since Disney+ also plays to host the comedy of the year. Between the two is the game.
Synopsis: Boredom and existentialism of ‘Inisherin’s Banshee’
The weight of the film lies in the two classic Irish actors chosen by McDonagh (who, by the way, is a Londoner), Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, that give life to two friends who live on a quiet (we fall short) Irish island in the 20s. But that friendship seems doomed to fail.
According to the official synopsis, “set on a remote island off the west coast of Irelandtells the story of two lifelong friends, Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson), who they find themselves at a dead end when Colm unexpectedly ends their friendship. A shocked Pádraic, aided by his sister Siobhán (Kerry Condon) and Dominic (Barry Keoghan), the island’s troubled young inhabitant, struggles to mend their relationship, refusing to take no for an answer.
The film focuses heavily on dialogue, as you’d expect from McDonagh, who makes a tremendous reflection on the meaning of life, on how cultural symbols mark the existence of a peopleabout the ‘secondary’ citizens who forge the identity of a place (the village idiot, the local policeman, the woman who reads; some characters marked, in one way or another, by ‘madness’).
Protagonists and supporting characters form a cast that, dixit critics, would deserve a collective award. All of them strive to contribute the idea that the austerity, disenchantment, friendship as a false nail to hold on to and despair are part of a lifestyle in which anger is always the contained element.
But… do I pay to go see ‘Inisherin’s Banshee’?
Definitely yes. It would be absurd to say that Farrell is giving the performance of his career (I’m sure there will be many more to come), but he will certainly mark history in his career, helped by Gleeson, whose charisma never falters. Condon is extraordinary as the voice of reason, while Keoghan is responsible for the most tragicomic notes.
Loneliness is one of the themes for which you have to go see ‘Almas en torment de Inisherin’. It’s great to take refuge in an isolated place while there is a war in another, but in exchange… there is no electricity, no vehicles, hardly any children, and almost nothing to do. The influence of modern civilization is nil. So why do people become corrupt or desperate? There is the answer: by ourselves. The human species is terrible.
Melancholy, landscapes, great reflections, better dialogues. A beautiful fable that is funny, provocative and moving at the same time. Now, to wait and see how many awards ‘Almas en torment de Inisherin’ wins.