Synopsis by Hal Erickson
For Marcel Ophuls, the auteur of the four-hour-plus The Sorrow and the Pity, the 135-minute Sense of Loss is practically a short subject. This time, Ophuls focuses his cameras on Protestant vs. Catholic violence in Belfast. It isn't hard to perceive Ophuls' personal sympathies. Throughout Sense of Loss, the Protestants are made to look slightly pompous and ridiculous, while the Catholics are depicted with more warmth and fairness. And as in all of his works, Marcel Ophuls is as much a "star" as his subjects, via his pointed comments during the interview sequences.
Catholicism, Ireland, political-conflict, Protestant, religious-conflict, strife, violence