In The Name of the Father | Film Analysis

Innledning
In The Name of the Father is a 1993 biographical movie, directed by Jim Sheridan, and the countries of origin are both Great Britain and Ireland. A biographical film means that it dramatizes the life of a real person, in this case Gerry Conlon. The script is based on the autobiography Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four by Gerry Conlon.

Utdrag
The story is based on the true life story of the Guildford Four. Four people who were wrongly charged with the 5th October 1974 IRA's Guildford pub bombings, which ended with the death of five innocent British people.

The events started when Gerry and his friends got arrested for the horrible crime that they didn’t commit, which leaded to their imprisonment. Giuseppe’s death while still in prison with his son, leaded to Gerry’s decision to fight for his own release.

After fifteen years spent in jail, the Guildford Four are declared innocent, when a lawyer decides to reopen the trial. A victorious Gerry reveals his story to the world, proclaiming his father’s innocence.

The story is presented through flashbacks in the start, which means that the first thing we get to see is the bombing that captures our attention. Then we get to see Gareth, the lawyer in the present, listening to Gerry’s story while driving.

Afterwards the film presents the events chronologically from the beginning, till the two different parts of the same story meet at a common point. That was when Gareth found the true evidences of the case. We get a foreshadowing of what is to come when we hear Gerry telling his story in the background.

We understand that his life is going to completely change, as he also notices in the film.

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