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The Quiet Girl

Director Colm Bairéad
Country Ireland
Year 2022
Rating PG
Running Time 94
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From The Booth

"This beautiful and compassionate film from first-time feature director Colm Bairéad, based on the novella Foster by Claire Keegan, is a child’s-eye look at our fallen world; already it feels to me like a classic.

"The setting is the early 80s, in a part of County Waterford where Irish is mostly spoken (subtitled in English). Cáit is a withdrawn little kid... often wide-eyed, silent and watchful, to the irritation of her exhausted and now once-again heavily pregnant mother (Kate Nic Chonaonaigh) and her thuggish, abusive and hungover dad (Michael Patric). Naturally without telling Cáit, her parents decide they need a break from looking after her and pack the girl off for the summer to her mother’s cousin Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley) and her taciturn farmer husband Seán (Andrew Bennett)...Crowley and Bennett give heart-wrenchingly excellent performances as the unhappy, childless couple who have taken Cáit in...As this long, hot summer progresses with the endlessness of childhood, Kate McCullough’s superb cinematography and Emma Lowney’s production design create a magically beautiful new world for Cáit to feel at once threatened and exalted by: almost every shot is a vividly composed, painterly gem.

"Cáit’s quietness is perhaps the quietness of an abuse victim, or perhaps the quietness of a clever person who knows that not talking is the way to survive. As Seán tells her: 'Many’s the person missed the opportunity to say nothing.'

"In another kind of movie, a lazier kind, all this stillness and rural beauty, seen by an enigmatically silent child who is accustomed to vanishing invisibly into the landscape, would be the ominous foretaste of something horrible or violent to come just before the final credits. But The Quiet Girl is doing something gentler than this, as well as realer and truer. It is a jewel." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

I feel like (the far more articulate) Mr Bradshaw and I saw the same film and for those not afraid (or appreciative) of a  quietly observational film that speaks volumes, The Quiet Girl is

Highly Recommended. - PH

In Irish Gaelic and English with subtitles.