Jimmy's Hall - Ken Loach

Jimmy’s Hall

Jimmy's Hall - Ken Loach

Jimmy’s Hall is a film directed by Ken Loach set in 1930 in the Irish countryside of Leitrim. This new film depicts a bruised and divided Ireland, 10 years after the terrible Irish War of Independence and the Civil War that broke out shortly after…

Jimmy’s Hall Synopsis

A film adapted from the real life of Jimmy Gralton

The story of Jimmy’s Hall begins in 1932, when Jimmy Gralton (played by Barry Ward), an Irish exile for 10 years in the United States, decides to return to Ireland in County Leitrim. Hunted 10 years earlier, he is then determined to lead a tidy life, and to help his mother on the farm.

He then discovers a new Ireland, with a new government and a new geopolitical division of the territory. Moreover, the village where he lives is chaperoned by a local priest who is particularly strict and hostile to any form of intellectual or political expression.

But Jimmy is a man of great notoriety: his politically committed exploits 10 years earlier earned him many sympathies, especially from the young people of the village… He then decides to reopen the “Hall”, a free youth hostel, where one can meet with friends to dance, chat, play sports or even study.

It was a great success and Jimmy’s fame and influence grew. But the young man’s progressive ideas and his verve were not to the liking of most people in the village, and tensions grew and eventually degenerated

Our opinion

An unparalleled adaptation to the Rising Wind

As difficult as the challenge Ken Loach set himself in the Jimmy’s Hall movie. This new film, is in a way the continuation or extension of The Wind Rises, a film entirely dedicated to the War of Independence and then to the Irish Civil War, which won an award at Cannes …

In this new opus, Ken Loach looks at the societal repercussions of these wars 10 years later. And the conclusion is rather bitter, full of resentment, frustrations and power struggles. A situation perfectly illustrated by Jimmy’s Hall…

However, the film is rather bland… In cause, many lengths, coupled with sometimes useless scenes which eternally rehashing the same battle horses dear to Ken Loach… Freedom, patriotism, anti-clerical struggle… The messages are repetitive and usual when you know the director, but lose weight by repetition.

Too bad, because this film had a real potential, and is in the end only a shadow of its former self: a kind of pale copy of Le Vent se Lève, without any real flavor, closer to a TV movie than a film…

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