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The Banshees of Inisherin - Review (London Film Festival 2022)

I Don't Have a Place for Dullness in My Life. 4 / 5

Directed by Martin McDonagh.

Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

Releases in UK Cinemas: October 21st 2022

In Bruges is one of my all-time favourites so I was having to keep a strict hold on my expectations as I sat down to watch the team reunite 14 years later for The Banshees of Inisherin.

In 1923 on an island off the coast of Ireland, two friends suddenly and inexplicably fall out which quickly escalates with disastrous consequences. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson find the balance of irritable and bemused as they come to terms with their new situation in this pitch-black story that is a perfect balance of comedy and drama.

Farrell slowly goes stir crazy in his cosy knitwear as he tries to figure out what he had done to cause this fallout and what he can do to fix it. Where all Gleeson wants to do is have some time to time to himself by any means necessary.

A much slower and confined piece than some of Martin McDonagh's other work but his signature darkness bleeds through every element. This story of lost friendship is a much more sombre presentation in comparison to In Bruges' sharp wit - with both Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan giving beautifully melancholic supporting performances.

A twisted character study full of crazed hostility that will make you want to hold onto your fingers and go on the search for a fresh Guinness.

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