I have been reading reviews for The Banshees of Inisherin and noticed that the epithet ‘fable’ has been a favourite of critics of the film. Some examples: 1, 2, 3, 4.
What qualities make The Banshees of Inisherin - as opposed to, say, something like The Departed or Casablanca (the last couple of films I watched before Banshees) - a fable? The landscape and background score are undeniably dreamy, but what is it about the narrative that suggests a fable? The puzzlingly extreme or “mythic” (another word I encountered often in reviews) actions of Colm? What else? What makes any film a fable?