Jimmy's Hall

Jimmy's Hall

Jimmy's Hall

Ken Loach's true-story drama, set in 1932 Ireland, about political firebrand and communist Jimmy Gralton who - upon returning from 10 years abroad - opens a dance hall for the youth to share ideas. Based on the stageplay by Donal O'Kelly. Nominated for the Palme d'Or, Cannes 2014. More

"In 1921, Jimmy Gralton's sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland, where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream... but above all to dance and have fun. Jimmy's Hall celebrates the spirit of these free-thinkers." (Cannes Film Festival)

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2014Rating: M109 minsUK, Ireland, France
BiographyDramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Ken Loach ('The Angels' Share', 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley', 'Kes', 'Sweet Sixteen')
Writer:
Paul Laverty
Cast:
Barry WardSimone KirbyAndrew ScottJim NortonBrían F. O'Byrne

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Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

British director Ken Loach is known – and loved – for dramas of quiet outrage, such as Poor Cow, Kes and My Name Is Joe. Jimmy's Hall is rumoured to be his last, which would be a pity for two reasons. Firstly, the industry needs film-makers with a moral compass. Secondly, it's not strong enough to be his swansong.

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Variety

Variety

Ken Loach has taken a despicable episode of modern Irish history -- the 1933 deportation without trial of one of its own citizens, James Gralton -- and made a surprisingly lovely, heartfelt film from it.

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Total Film

Total Film

All told, it's perhaps best seen as a celebration of a man who stands up for his beliefs - almost like a testament to Loach himself.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Something sparks thanks to Jim Norton's robust but nuanced performance as the cantankerous, obsessive hardliner Father Sheridan.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An odd, only fitfully engaging hybrid of The Quiet Man and Footloose, which neither packs much of a punch nor is particularly nimble on its feet.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A fascinating episode in Irish history, full of warm human moments but perhaps missing the vim and vigour of Loach’s best.

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BBC

BBC

A warm, romantic little period drama, with inspirational messages about working for "need not greed". But its rousing music is the only element that gets the heart beating faster.

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