The Banshees of Inisherin – TIFF 2022

The Banshees Of Inisherin

The Banshees of Inisherin – TIFF 2022

Release Date: October 21, 2022
Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

Two lifelong friends inexplicably begin feuding in . In 1923, on the island of Inisherin, just off Ireland's west coast, Pádraic () visits the home of his best friend Colm () for their daily trip to the pub. However, Pádraic is shocked to find Colm ignoring him and is later told that Colm doesn't like him anymore. Unwilling to end this lifelong friendship, Pádraic keeps trying to communicate with Colm, who eventually gives a gruesome ultimatum about not nothing him anymore.

The Banshees of Inisherin is the latest film by writer/director Martin McDonagh. It reunites Collin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson nearly 15 years after they starred together in McDonagh's 2008 breakthrough film In Bruges. The Banshees of Inisherin stars Collin Farrell as Pádraic, who lives on a farm with his sister Siobhan () and is shocked when his best friend Colm suddenly wants to end their friendship and focus on writing fiddle music. Pádraic's only other friend on the island is Dominic (), a young man who is frequently the victim of abuse by his policeman father.

Like Collin Farell and Brendan Gleeson's first collaboration with Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin is a pitch-black dramedy that isn't afraid to go to some pretty dark places. It is never fully explained why Colm decides to stop liking Pádraic literally overnight, but the feud between the two of them escalates to some significant extremes. Overall, fans of In Bruges and Martin McDonagh's brand of dark humour should find plenty to like with The Banshees of Inisherin.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
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Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.