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Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan
Drama written and directed by Martin McDonagh. Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) follows lifelong friends Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Padraic, aided by his sister Siobhán (Kerry Condon), and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Padraic’s repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve, and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with alarming consequences.
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Mrs. McCormick: ColmSonnyLarry, didn’t you and he used to be the best of friends?
Padraic: We’re still the best of friends.
Mrs. McCormick: No, you’re not.
Padraic: Who says we’re not?
Colm: [to Padraic] Sit somewhere else.
Padraic: Now, if I’ve done something to you, just tell me what I’ve done to you.
Colm: Well, you didn’t do anything to me. I just don’t like you no more.
Padraic: But you liked me yesterday.
Dominic: [to Padraic, referring to Colm] Why does he not want to be friends with you no more? What is he, twelve?
Siobhán: What the hell’s going on with you and me fecking brother?
Colm: He’s dull, Siobhán.
Siobhán: But he’s always been dull.
Colm: The other night, two hours you spent talking to me about the things you found
in your little donkey’s s**te that day.
Padraic: Well, it wasn’t me little donkey’s s**te, it was me pony’s s**te. Which shows how much you were listening.
Colm: If you don’t stop talking to me, and if you don’t stop bothering me, I have a set of shears at home, and each time you bother me from this day on, I’ll take those shears, and I’ll take one of me fingers off with them, and I’ll give that finger to you, until I have no fingers left. Does this make things clearer to you?
Padraic: Not really, no.
Colm: Starting from now.
Jonjo Devine: Shush like, Padraic. You know, shush like!
Peadar Kearney: Yeah, I’d shush like.
Dominic: [referring to Colm] Would you not want him to have to do the one finger, to see if he was bluffing like?
Siobhán: No, we wouldn’t.
Dominic: Because worse comes to worst, he can still play the fiddle with four fingers, I bet you.
Priest: Why aren’t you talking to Padraic no more?
Colm: That wouldn’t be a sin, now, would it, Father?
Priest: No. But it’s not very nice either, is it?
Colm: Go on back to your own gang now, Padraic.
Padraic: Talking to me, are you?
Colm: Do you know who we remember for how nice they was in the 17th Century?
Colm: Absolutely no one. Yet we all remember the music of the time. Everyone, to a man, knows Mozart’s name.
Padraic: I don’t, so there goes that theory.
Siobhán: I can’t be waiting around for anymore of this madness.
Colm: Let’s just call it quits.
Padraic: We won’t call it quits. We’ll call it the start.