venerdì 18 luglio 2014

Tir-na-nog (Into the west) – Mike Newell

un cast di bravi attori, i due protagonisti bambini, sopratutto, un bravissimo Gabriel Byrne (il nonno nel film è lo stesso de "La fabbrica di cioccolato", di Tim Burton, e appare anche un Brendan Gleeson più magro e giovane di adesso), per una storia avventurosa.
dalla periferia povera di Dublino due bambini zingari fuggono verso l'Ovest, portati da un cavallo speciale, che ha un legame speciale con Ossie, e tre zingari e la polizia alla loro ricerca.
uno di quei film che ti da più di quello che ti aspetti - Ismaele 

If I were to tell you that "Into the West" was about two boys and their magical white horse, you would of course think it was a children's film. But it is more than that, although children will enjoy it. The movie is set in a world a little too gritty for innocent animal tales. It concerns two young gypsy boys growing up in the high-rise slums of Dublin, with their father, who loves them but has grown distant and drunken since their mother died.
One day their grandfather, who still travels the roads in the ancient way in his horse-drawn gypsy caravan, gives them the gift of a horse. The horse is named "Tir na nOg", which means "Land of Eternal Youth," the grandfather explains, although he may be making it up as he goes along. Where are two city boys to keep a horse? In their apartment? Of course! But of course the neighbors complain, and the police are called, and one thing leads to another…

Papa Riley (Gabriel Byrne), a widower, and his two young sons, Ossie (Ciaran Fitzgerald) and Tito (Ruaidhri Conroy), live in the run-down projects of Dublin. Their life is pretty bleak until the arrival of the boys' grandfather (David Kelly) with a glorious white stallion by the name of Tir na nOg, a figure out of Irish legends, who takes an instant liking to Ossie and Tito. Events conspire, however, to separate the horse from the children, as he is impounded by corrupt police officers and sold to a wealthy businessman. Never fear, though -- it's Ossie and Tito to the rescue. They steal back Tir na nOg, and, with their father and the police in pursuit, head westward.
Into the West is probably the first-ever Western to be set in Ireland. Actually, it isn't a Western per se, but more of a modern-day fairy tale. Certainly, a great deal of what happens is beyond the realm of reality and requires a willing suspension of disbelief. Director Mike Newell perhaps put it best when he said, "There are certain things that happen in the film that cannot happen unless the world is a very odd, mysterious, and unreal sort of place."…

Into the West is a spirited adventure combining mysticism, social realism, and action/adventure that transcends the facile Disney genre and has a universal appeal. If you think you are too jaded by modern society to enjoy this film, just close your eyes and remember how the world looked when you were 12-years-old. Now climb onto your magic horse and go where it goes. 
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