Friends are good for us … so why do many men have none at all?

Best pals in 1920s rural Ireland fall out spectacularly in the acclaimed film The Banshees of Inisherin. A century on, surely the attitudes of the modern male have moved on?

Love is blind, goes the old saying, whereas friendship closes its eyes. The problem with closing our eyes, however, is that at some point we open them, and what happens when we take in the full and, perhaps, less than flattering picture of our dearest friends?

That’s the premise of Martin McDonagh’s bleak comedy, The Banshees of Inisherin, which has wowed critics and set audiences wondering. One day, during the Irish civil war on the beautiful, though grindingly uneventful island of Inisherin, Pádraic (Colin Farrell) goes to pick up his best friend Colm (Brendan Gleeson) for their daily pint in the local pub.

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