I saw “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” some years ago. I’ve actually seen a bunch of his films, I really liked “Cathy Come Home” but his films generally leave me a bit depressed. The opening of “Wind that Shakes the Barley” is certainly a great reminder of why the US doesn’t support gun control.
“Kes” was just too depressing and awful for me though. There was a repeated trope during the era it was made of lonely kids who bonded with special animals who were later brutally killed. It was in many, many books and films and I have always found those extremely hard to watch, even when they have a “happy ending” with the kid getting a new family or a new animal or something. “Kes” obviously didn’t have any such happy ending and left me just wanting to scream, cry and riot. Even without understanding most of the dialogue.
Sorry to derail the thread with a Ken Loach discussion, i will bow out now. I don’t think “Derry Girls” is my cuppa, it feels like too much bias against Irish Catholics to me. I kinda liked “Father Ted” by the same production company, so maybe I’ll just go watch reruns of that one, it’s a better show anyway .