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Preoccupied by historical rhythms of rural resistance

THE British Film Institute (BFI) is currently organising a celebratory retrospective programme for Ken Loach, and this has prompted some admiring profiles of the film-maker.

The BFI's tribute to Loach's craftsmanship raises once again the question that dogged his self-pitying Irish film, The Wind that Shakes the Barley; what precisely is wrong with him?

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