The Quiet Girl

The Quiet Girl (Colm Bairéad, 2022) Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett, Catherine Clinch; Rural Ireland 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one.

Peter Bradshaw: 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. Guardian.

Wendy Ide: It’s an accomplished work from first-time feature director Bairéad, who, appropriately, has the knack of telling us everything we need to know without words: a tense momentary standoff over some sticks of rhubarb, for example, is more eloquent than pages of dialogue could ever be. Guardian.

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 26 December, 2022 | Now: 26 December, 2022