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Brother battles brother in 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley'

Director Ken Loachs powerful new film, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, transports us to the rebellious Ireland of 1920. Workers from all over the country unite to battle the brutal British Black and Tan squads sent to block Irelands bid for independence. Two brothers, Damien (Cillian Murphy) and Teddy (Pᤲaic Delaney), fight side-by-side until the British agree to a 1921 treaty that ends the bloody clash. But the treaty divides rather than unites the Irish revolutionary movement. Civil war ensues. Soon the idealistic Damien and the pragmatic Teddy are fighting bitterly against each otherone fiercely opposed to union, the other vehemently in favor. All the while, in the Irish countryside, soft winds shake the barley. The Wind that Shakes the Barley won the 2006 Cannes Film Festivals Palme dOr for best film. The acting is superb, the scenery beautiful, the familial conflicts heartbreaking. The film is scheduled to open on May 4 at Merrills Roxy Cinema, College Street and South Winooski Avenue, Burlington. For showtimes and ticket prices: 802-864-3456 or MerrillTheatres.net.

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