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The Quiet Girl

An Cailín Ciúin

Colm Bairéad | 2021 | 94 MINS
Ireland | Subtitles
Nominations: Baftas 2; Oscars 1

A heartfelt, beautifully homespun tale of a lonely Irish childhood – one of the most soulful and moving films to grace cinemas for a long time.

In Detail

Colm Bairéad's debut feature is an intricately exquisite coming-of-age drama that delves into the many layers of family relations through the eyes of a young girl.

The film follows Cáit (Catherine Clinch) as she is sent to live with distant relatives for the summer. She is welcomed with open arms by Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), but her husband (Andrew Bennett) keeps Cáit at arm’s length.

Slowly but surely a warmth grows within this makeshift family and Cáit reaps the benefits. Until, that is, she discovers more than she anticipated.

This is an unexpectedly beautiful assembly of narrative, image and sound which takes its cue from the title to build quietly to an emotional catharsis.

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