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Jimmy's Hall

  • Starring: Aileen Henry, Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Martin Lucey, Mikel Murfi, Shane O'Brien, Simone Kirby, Sorcha Fox, Stella McGirl
  • Director: Ken Loach
  • Genre(s): Drama, History
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 109 min.

In 1921 Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream, but above all, to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to Co. Leitrim from the US to look after his mother and vows to live the quiet life. The hall stands abandoned and empty, and despite the pleas of the local youngsters, remains shut. However as Jimmy reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty, and growing cultural oppression, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall in the face of what they may bring. [Sony Pictures Classics]

"This companion piece to Loach’s 2006 drama “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” tenderly conveys the generosity of working people. It’s the last biographical fiction movie the 79-year-old Loach has said he’ll direct."
- Graham Fuller, New York Daily News
"It’s just another solid Loach film, an affectionate realist portrait of individuals fighting against state and religious oppression. In this case the setting, as it was for his 2006 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes The Barley,” is Ireland."
- Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
"With "Jimmy's Hall," Ken Loach creates a quiet but compelling drama about a real-life story."
- Graham Fuller, New York Daily News
"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 with Jimmy's Hall."
- Scott Foundas, Variety

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