Judged by English standards, the Irish are a difficult and unsatisfactory people. Their civilisation is different and in many ways lower than that of the English

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  1. Well I haven't seen the others, but I think it deserved the win. I was quite impressed, and wasn't sure I would be, seeing as I've always been pro-treaty and this is more from the anti-treaty side.
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  2. Gah! I meant to see that film while I was in the UK, but I failed miserably. Any idea when it plans to reach my side o' the pond?

    I didn't even realise it got the Palme d'Or. Duh! I was just in Cannes, too. Why am I always out of the loop!! Fortunately there are other pretty cunning individuals afoot.

  3. Hey Nome,

    I don't think it had been released by the time you left the UK, it only came out last Friday, I think.

    As for US release dates, IMDb, source of all film-knowledge is sadly lacking in the case of this film. No US release date, and it gets at least one of the character's names wrong, calling him Donica which had me puzzled til I realised it was meant to be Donncha/Doncha/Donnacha (depending on the parents).
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  4. Or maybe even Donnchadh. Their hurling wasn't the best but then Ballingeary isn't exactly the heart of hurling country as far as I know. So frustrating the way this film has been received in England… would drive you mad.

  5. Yup, that's another version. Maybe I shouldn't be too hard on IMDb for getting it wrong :)

    I have no time for films that portray all British people as tossers, or evil. Like the little of The Patriot that I saw. But the thing with TWTSTB is that there are actually no real British characters, so we shouldn't expect to see nuances to them. I mean, there are British soldiers in the film, but they aren't onscreen enough to be developed. Although that being said there is the little rant about the effect of the Somme. And the Grogan character.
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