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Film Review: The Banshees of Inisherin

-Spoiler Alert-


Echoes of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot haunt this black comedy. Set in 1923 with a mirrored conflict raging on the mainland, two friends avoid reconciliation for a change of heart taken by one of them.

Colm, played by the Brendan Gleeson, just wants to be left alone to use the solitude as a means to induce creativity that will last the test of time. Whereas, Padraig Suilleabhain played by Colin Farrell initially struggles to understand and then accept his friend's rejection.


Padraig's sister, played by Kerry Condon, jests that perhaps Colm "just doesn't like him anymore", much to the discernment of Padraig. Colm is very serious about his commitment to disbanding his companionship with Padraig in pursuit of recognition as a musician and lyricist. So much so that after incessant contact from his former friend, Colm issues an absurd ultimatum that seems both preposterous and unforgivingly harsh. Should Padraig speak to him again he states he will use shears to remove a finger and thereafter another digit for every attempt to converse.


"I'm Padraig Suilleabhain, and I'm nice!"


After much deliberation Padraig inevitably tests the ultimatum, resulting in Colm cutting his thumb off and ineloquently throwing it at Padraig's front door with a thud. The viewer observes Colm persevering with composing his song 'The Banshees of Inisherin', each note out of key, the sense of futility.

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