Sunday, September 18, 2016

TIFF 2016: The Journey

The Journey stars Timothy Spall as Rev Ian Paisley and Colm Meany as Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness during talks that led to the historic St Andrews Agreement that brought decades of violence in Northern Ireland to an end. From that historical starting point, the film imagines the two establishing a dialogue as they are driven to Edinburgh airport to catch a plane to Belfast. We see them progress from barely exchanging a word to finding they have things in common, from which a little respect starts to sprout. There is humour sprinkled throughout the film, and it gave me some hope that if enemies such as these two could find a way to cooperate to bring peace to their people, maybe some of the world's other long-standing conflicts can also be settled.

TIFF 2016 Overview

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