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A very moving film about the aftermath of British rule in Ireland, the Irish Civil war and the conflict between free staters and IRA supporters, and the oppression and control exercised by the Catholic Church. It brings to life the struggles of ordinary people to find some enjoyment and freedom in their lives, and shows very poignantly how political forces bring this to an end. The landscape plays a powerful role - green, empty, harsh, beautiful - as an impassive backdrop to the human struggles taking place in it. It highlights the complexity of the politics of the time, the strength of feeling on all sides, and how people who are trying to educate themselves, exercise some freedom, and enjoy themselves, are harshly put down.