What’s that? Free Ken Loach movie with Cillian Murphy you say?

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Ireland 1919: workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless ‘Black and Tan’ squads that are being shipped from Britain to block Ireland’s bid for independence. Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy, in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom. As the freedom fighters’ bold tactics bring the British to breaking point, both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed. But, despite the apparent victory, civil war erupts and the families, who fought side by side, find themselves pitted against one another as sworn enemies, putting their loyalties to the ultimate test.

That’s right you can watch The Wind that Shakes the Barley this week for free on arte 😉


When watching the movie you’ll hit the drop down for Français (sous-titres) to have audio in English.

Why am I posting it on a blog about Nantes? Well it’s The Cannes Film Festival this week. The Wind that Shakes the Barley won the Palm d’or in 2006  and cus it’s a pretty great movie and it does show a lot of what happened in Ireland during British rule and our civil war.