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THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN: 2022 (Streamed on HBO Max) This movie got a Golden Globe nomination in the category of “Best Picture - Musical/Comedy,” but we didn’t find much to laugh about. We chuckled, but we did not laugh. Writer and director, Martin McDonagh, reunites actors from his 2008 film, In Bruges, which Gary and I both loved—Colin Farrell and Brendon Gleeson. McDonagh also wrote and directed Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), which we also loved and earned Oscars for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. We didn’t love The Banshees of Inishertin but thought it was an interesting rumination on friendship. The description of the move on IMDb is, “Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.” Ty Burr had a more complete take on the movie: he said, “A man – Brendan Gleeson’s Colm – whose depressive despair turns him toward the beauties of music but away from his fellow man, and another man – Colin Farrell’s Pádraic – whose dim and gentle soul is slowly crushed and made cruel by his friend’s abandonment.” He further likened the script as “one worthy of McDonagh’s great countryman, Samuel Beckett.” No wonder we couldn’t get a handle on the movie! The extras following the movie asked which character you most identified with, and we answered Padraic, but in reality, we both identified with Padraic’s sister, splendidly played by Kerry Condon. She and Barry Keoghan, as Dominic, gave the film a much-needed reality, for it was, in the end, a fable about friendship and the consequences of the withdrawal of it. The location was photographed beautifully, and the music added to the fantasy. GRADE B+/B

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