Comedy despite the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland

Comedy despite the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland

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On the walls of Northern Ireland’s Republican stronghold of Derry, the youthful faces of Erin, Orla, Claire, Michelle and James, as heroines (and hero) Derry Girls, They found their place in the warrior paintings of frescoes celebrating the struggle for reunification. In three short seasons, Derry native Lisa McGee’s series “Troubles” (1968-1998) found its place in history and in the pantheon of episodic comedy’s greatest hits.

Netflix released the final season, That means six episodes plus a “special”. Located at 1998 Referendum The armed conflict ended. This grand finale may open up more broadly about the tragedy – the paramilitaries who will be freed if they say yes to the referendum include the brother of Derry Girls Quintet’s libertarian Michelle (Jamie-Leigh O’Donnell) -, the series does. Don’t abandon its essential vocation: to make people laugh.

From the first episode to the last, the comic invention that Lisa McGee executes is never denied. This is primarily due to the sharpness with which the central figures are drawn: Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), the almost-too-beautiful, almost-smart, inscrutable Maya, Orla (Louisa Harland), touched by the fairies, Claire (Nicola Coghlan), a good student, and rival Michelle, already The Derry girl in question, an English cousin named James (Dylan Llewellyn), has failed at pedigree in a Catholic institution for young girls. Along the way, we’ll greet another extraordinary character, Sister George Michael (Siobhan McSweeney), but not overly fanatical, of Notre-Dame-de-l’Immaculee-Conception College. .

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The frivolity of these girls’ aspirations collides with the banality of grown-up taboos, camped with the same benevolent ferocity. To cite just one of these brilliant comic creations, we will remember Uncle Com (Kevin McAleer), whose endless stories are capable of eliciting the most resistant cries of boredom. Among his victims is a police commander whose appearance serves as a reminder that Liam Neeson can be funny too.

Lisa McGee can break down the most worn-out mechanisms to deliver unprecedented youth.

Lisa McGee can break down the most worn-out mechanisms to give them new youth. In the final episode of the second season, the men of the clan take it upon themselves to expel Bill Clinton, who has come to support the peace process, whom they believe is hiding in a nearby residence. Instead of taking a disastrous turn, this futile venture only adds to the ridiculousness of the situation.

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