Omagh | Chicago Reader


Originally broadcast on Irish TV, this 2004 drama chronicles the events surrounding the August 1998 car bombing that claimed 29 lives in Omagh, Northern Ireland. The crime occurred four months after the Good Friday agreement, carried out by a group of IRA hard-liners who felt that negotiation amounted to capitulation. Using handheld camera, director Pete Travis renders the events in a flat, unemotional style, telling the story from the perspective of the Gallaghers, who lost a 21-year-old son to the bombing. The first half casts them as grieving victims, though the second traces their gradual empowerment as they demand that the bumbling local police identify, arrest, and prosecute the culprits. With Gerard McSorley, Michele Forbes, and Brenda Fricker. 106 min.

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