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Review / “The Banshees of Inisherin”: Colin Farrell surprises in tormented Irish


The Banshees from Inisherin is the new film by Colin Farrell, which single-handedly embodies the dilemma of American cinema since the Covid crisis. It has been in theaters since December 28, 2022. The opinion and film reviews of Bulles de Culture.


A remote island off the west coast of Ireland is the end of a lifelong friendship. But Padraic (Colin Farrel) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson) disagree on the outcome. With great determination, the first is determined to convince the other of the importance that they constitute for each other.

Released on October 21, 2022 in the United States, the Irish-American-British drama The Banshees of Inisherin is now released in France. Price of Best Screenplay at the last Venice Film Festivalthe film combines absurdity and emotion.

Realized by Martin McDonagh (known for the feature film Kisses from Bruges) in the Irish language, The Banshees of Inisherin was filmed on the islands of Inishmore and Achill, off the west coast of Ireland. This island of Inisherin is therefore fictitious, invented for the film.

The bad fairies above the cradle

A banshee is considered a messenger from another world. In Celtic mythology, she is known for her shrill cries that come to announce death to everyone, even people sleeping soundly. A representation that is reminiscent of the figure of the crow.

In The Banshees of Inisherin, the bad news of death is that of feelings, of a friendship. The two characters share the desire to be loved but express it very differently. Like the Irish flora and fauna, their feelings live with the rhythm of the seasons. To be expressed, they are entitled to admirable actors, starting with Colin Farrell who surprises.

We can also congratulate the actor for having taken refuge elsewhere than in Hollywood. It is difficult for the Mecca of cinema to offer good auteur films today. Funding must be found elsewhere after the Covid-19 pandemic. Experienced directors such as Guillermo Del Toro Where Tim Burton recently found refuge with netflix. Distributed by a small box, Searchlight Pictures, and nominated for the next Golden Globe from January 2023, The Banshees of Inisherin will perhaps prove in the event of victory the importance of also offering this kind of film, apart from blockbusters with dizzying financing.

Anyway, it’s on the platform. Disney+ that the film is already available in certain regions of the world (United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and India).

The Banshees of Inisherin Colin Farrell Barry Keoghan movie picture 2022
© Walt Disney Company

Standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival

The Banshees of Inisherin had its world premiere at 79th Venice International Film Festivalthe Mostra, on September 5, 2022, where he received a 15-minute standing ovation from the fully standing audience, the longest reported at this year’s festival.

It was then screened at Toronto International Film Festival the same month and was screened as the Opening Night Film of the 31st Philadelphia Film Festival on October 19, 2022 before its US and UK theatrical release on October 21, 2022. The film is also made available to stream on HBO Max for a few days (December 13, 2022) and is set to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 20, 2022 by 20th Century Studios Home Entertainment in the United States.

Our opinion ?

The great beauty of the film The Banshees of Inisherin is due to his way of bringing together on the same thread the powerful tensions of nature and the intimate convulsions of the hero embodied by Colin Farrell. The eyes of the spectators will be dazzled by Ireland. In this time of impressive mass exposure of blockbusters like Marvel, this is refreshing.

Learn more:

  • The Banshees from Inisherin by Martin McDonagh
    Release date France: 28/12/2022
  • Distribution France: The Walt Disney Company

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