Jimmy's Hall

Jimmy's Hall

DVD - 2015
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1932. Jimmy Gralton is back home in the Irish countryside after ten years of forced exile in the USA. His widowed mother Alice is happy, Jimmy's friends are happy, all the young people who enjoy dancing and singing are happy. Which is not the case of Father Sheridan, the local priest, nor of the village squire, nor of Dennis O'Keefe, the chief of the fascists. The reason is simple: Jimmy is a socialist activist. So when the "intruder" reopens the village hall, thus enabling the villagers to gather to sing, dance, paint, study or box, they take a dim view of the whole thing. People who think and unite are difficult to manipulate, aren't they? From that moment on they will use every means possible to get rid of Jimmy and his "dangerous" hall.
Publisher: [Australia] : [2015] Reel DVD,
Branch Call Number: DVD JIMM
Characteristics: 1 DVD-video (approximately 105 min.) : sound, colour ; 12 cm

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williamoliver1315
Oct 06, 2017

The history alone in this movie is interesting. If like a drama based on actual fact you will like this. I can say I am glad I seen this.

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fiberartus
Aug 07, 2017

If you liked "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" (also by Loach) you will like this film.

Both are sad but true.

I highly recommend them.
(I'd give it five complete stars if I knew how!)

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firefly5
Dec 12, 2016

Interesting movie. It was amazing to me how much control the church and the priest of the church had over the people. It seems to me what the church was doing was more along the lines of communist thinking than what was happening at the hall. Communism is a form of control and that is what the church did.

Definition: Communism is a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.

Disgusting that a priest would take names of the people who attended the activities at the hall. Shocking that a parent would beat a child bloody because she enjoyed the social activities of the hall.

ontherideau Oct 22, 2016

Actions of the priest and land owners gave me chills. Such powerful men- terrorists really. Imagine a father beating his child because he was embarrassed in church.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 31, 2016

Circa 1932, Jimmy Gralton of Ireland, organizes a community hall where volunteers teach reading, arts, dancing, etc. to impoverished land laborers who work on the large estates of the wealthy. Jimmy meets significant resistance from the Catholic Church, which backed the wealthy who cast laborers off their small plots of land which they had worked for decades because fell behind on rent payments during the world-wide depression. Kinda' seems similar to American 2016, where the inequality is now similar to that of 1932, where the 99% stuggle while the 1% flourish. Loach’s next film, “I, Daniel Blake,” would win the Cannes Palme d’Or for best film of the year, Loach's second such win.

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newdog
Jul 15, 2016

Wonderfully written and acted film about a slice of Irish history. I highly recommend it, especially if you are Irish, as I am.

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beckythecat1
Jun 13, 2016

A wonderful film. I laughed and cried. Maybe I do want to go to Ireland. So glad the Catholic church has changed a bit. Maybe.

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PandemicDude
Mar 23, 2016

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zal1
Mar 21, 2016

Now, I'd like to visit Ireland. It's one of those movies or books that inspire or open your eyes to a country with its music, history and tradition. One of the best films I've seen this year!

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Monolith
Mar 20, 2016

As in "The Wind That Shakes The Barley", Ken Loach again revisits Ireland's historical unrest, and again he has hit the mark. The pacing could've been better at times, but he is an excellent storyteller. (And he's British, btw...!)

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