Some of the best of Irish filmmaking and television being produced is as Gaeilge. From Ciarán Ó Cofaigh's An Bronntanas (now showing on RTÉ One at 11.25pm on Tuesdays and also on the RTÉ Player) to last year's incredible Arracht, directed by Tom Sullivan, tá na healaíona trí Ghaeilge faoi bhláth.
Doineann (meaning 'storm', in this case) is a tense, dark thriller and makes a strong case for Gaelic noir as a genre.
Tomás, played skilfully by Peter Coonan, is devastated when he returns to the island his wife and himself have used as a haven - she and their infant son are missing.
What follows is a taut, threatening tale with plenty of twists and misconceptions about the roles people play in life versus who they really are. Gaslighting, coercive control and psychological bullying are dealt with through the eyes of several characters. I particularly valued the various viewpoints on one situation: the perpetrator, the victim and the outsider, looking in. Who do we believe, and why?
Labhaoise, played by Bríd Brennan, performs her role beautifully, outwitting criminals by using their own narrow perceptions of a soup-making, middle-aged woman against them. Doineann challenges us to rethink how we see people based on their gender, age and how they present themselves in the world.
Set on an Irish-speaking island, Doineann's wild landscape and unpredictable weather reveal themselves as characters not to be ignored or plámásed. Neither should the islanders themselves, who carefully consider who comes and goes from their isolated world.
Éiríonn le Doineann dul i ngleic le go leor ábhar nár chuala muid go leor futhu go dtí le déanaí agus atá ag tarlú go forleathan. Méadaíonn teannas an scéil, chomh maith le neart na gcarachtar de réir mar a théann an scannán ar aghaidh agus fágtar an té atá ag féachaint air le ceisteanna faoina meon féin i dtreo dhaoine agus an scáth a chaitheann siad sa saol seo.