The story of a lifelong friendship turned sour.
Directed by Martin McDonagh (best known for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and In Bruges), The Banshees of Inisherin is a dark comedy portraying the crumbling of a lifelong friendship. Curiously, there seems to be no big catalyst for the falling out between Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), no argument that sets the pair at odds. Instead, Pádraic is quite frankly baffled when, suddenly, Colm begins acting cold and hostile towards him, thus putting an end to their friendship. What could possibly have happened to make Colm act this way?
Below is everything you need to know about how to watch The Banshees of Inisherin.
Alongside Colin Farrell as Pádraic, and Brendan Gleeson as Colm (sharing the screen for the first time since In Bruges in 2008), the cast includes Kerry Condon (Better Call Saul) as Pádraic's sister Siobhan, Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) as Dominic (which marks his third movie with Farrell after The Killing of a Sacred Deer and this year's The Batman), Pat Shortt (Father Ted) as Jonjo, and Jon Kenny (Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie) as Gerry.
Farrell also worked alongside McDonagh on the ensemble dark comedy Seven Psychopaths.
The Banshees of Inisherin opened in limited release in select theaters on October 21, 2022, and expanded to more theaters in the weeks following.
Filming for The Banshees of Inisherin began in August 2021 in Inishmore, an island in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. Barry Keoghan announced filming had wrapped just two months later on October 23, 2021.
The Banshees of Inisherin premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2022, and the audience in attendance gave the film a fifteen-minute standing ovation. The film then went on to win two Venice International Film Festival awards; director Martin McDonagh was the recipient of the Golden Osella for Best Screenplay, and co-lead Colin Farrell was the recipient of the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. The film also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival just a few weeks later, where it received another set of high praises.
The Banshees of Inisherin is still playing in some theaters despite it now being available on streaming. You can use the links below to see if a theater near you is still playing the film.
The Banshees of Inisherin is now available to stream on HBO Max as of December 13, 2022. While some may have expected to film to release on Hulu, since it's distributed by the Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures, for now, the only streaming service that'll have it is HBO Max.
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The acclaimed dark comedy is also available to purchase on your platform of choice including Amazon Prime Video and Google Play.
Searchlight Pictures released a trailer for The Banshees of Inisherin on August 4, 2022. The video – uploaded to Searchlight's YouTube channel – has since amassed over 5.5 million views. Without giving too much away, the trailer begins with Pádraic believing he and Colm are still the best of friends. Pádraic's belief soon wavers, however, when he joins Colm at the local pub and is met with the cold shoulder. Desperate to understand what could possibly have caused the rift, Pádraic begs Colm to communicate, but is further upset when Colm threatens to do something gruesomely drastic every time Pádraic continues to bother him. The film is a dark comedy, so expect some humorous moments scattered throughout as the story of this strange and sudden rift is told.
Below is Searchlight Pictures' official press release about The Banshees of Inisherin:
"Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them."
The premise is simple: two lifelong friends find themselves at odds, with one of them not knowing the reason for the conflict. Additionally, The Banshees of Inisherin is made and set on the Irish coast, so it's safe to say you'll get to watch this story unfold accompanied by some breathtaking views of the landscape.
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The story of a lifelong friendship turned sour.