Hugues Dayez’s reviews: ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, already one of the best films of 2023

Hugues Dayez’s reviews: ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, already one of the best films of 2023

In Irish folklore, the Banshees designate fairies, oracles of bad omen. As for Inisherin, it is a small island created from scratch by the filmmaker. The action of his film takes place in the early years 1920. While civil war rages in Ireland, little or nothing happens on Inisherin. Every evening, in the only local pub, Padraic (Colin Farrel) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson) meet over a pint to discuss everything and nothing. Until the day when Colm, tired of this chatter and wishing to devote himself to his violin and his melodies, cuts ties with Padraic. Distraught, he will do everything to reconnect with his friend, but Colm threatens to mutilate himself if Padraic speaks to him one more time…

“The Banshees of Inisherin” brings together all the qualities of a great film. Writing of McDonagh, never talkative, always tasty, tinged with a cruel and singular black humor. His gallery of characters : behind the two friends – unforgettable – there are beautifully drawn supporting roles. His foundry : alongside Farrell and Gleeson, both perfect, Barry Keoghan plays a moving young “village idiot”. Her stagingwhich shows Inisherin both as a bewitching setting and an open-air prison, where all mood swings are possible… Finally, its superb orientation picture you know musicsigned by the excellent Carter Burwell, the resident composer of the Coen brothers.

Unclassifiable, powerfully original, “The Banshees of Inisherin” confirms, after the unforgettable “Three Billboards”, the immense talent of Martin McDonagh.

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