Bloody Disgusting: Bewitching Irish Folk Tale Sings of the Tragedy of All-Consuming Love

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Bloody Disgusting: Bewitching Irish Folk Tale Sings of the Tragedy of All-Consuming Love

"Everyone wants to be loved, but there is a fine line between a healthy, loving relationship and an unhealthy, compulsive kind of love. Some of the most beautiful, and terrifying, love stories belong to ancient Irish mythology. For instance, the tale of Clíodhna and Ciabhan tells the story of Clíodhna, Queen of the Banshees and member of a supernatural race of God-like beings, who made the mistake of falling in love with a mortal from Ireland named Ciabhan. Their forbidden romance angered the other gods, causing the God of the Sea to punish the lovers by playing an enchanting song, which hypnotized Clíodhna. Entranced, Clíodhna fell asleep and was swept away by the ocean, never to be with Ciabhan.

All You Need is Death, written and directed by Irish filmmaker Paul Duane (Best Before Death, While You Live, Shine), is a cleverly crafted story of young lovers Anna (Simone Collins) and Aleks (Charlie Maher) that feels like the sort of forbidden Irish fairy tale one would tell while sitting around a fire late at night. All You Need is Death begins with an unknown man being interviewed by police, before introducing Anna, who is being accused of recording a musician in a bar. Anna and Aleks attempt to make a living by spending their nights playing in a band in small bars and at weddings but believe they have figured out a better, faster way to the fame and fortune they desire. When they aren’t playing with the band, the couple seeks out old Irish songs, sometimes secretly recording them, and later sells them to wealthy buyers."

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