A resonant, dark comedy from Martin McDonagh has the Irish playwright in top form with In Bruges hitmen Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell during the backdrop of a 1923 Civil War.
A metaphorical Banshees of Inisherin looks into the ramifications of fractured human interaction in an evocatively challenging way.
The naivety and steely collide through drinking chums Padriac (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson) that obliges quite well through an unsettling, yet affecting chain of events.
Interesting personalities with pungent discourse allows for a mastery from the filmmaker/scenarist utilizing a verdant production from the scenic fictitious Eire isle. Besides a never-better, deeply expressive Farrell and cunningly measured Gleeson, Kerry Condon is a striking scene-stealer as sister Siobhan feeling suffocation between a microcosm of larger-scale strife. The other supporting players that shine include Barry Keoghan and Gary Lydon as an intellectually disabled man and a menacing paternal constable figure, respectively.
A provocative character study alternates between the subdued and suddenly lurid as a fiddler and former with donkey Jenny finely shear and sear the proceedings with flair into the bizarre patterns of Irish behavior that’s as smoothly lilting as Colm’s fiddling of the titular tune.