Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Foreign Film Wednesday: The Quiet Girl (2022)


The Quiet Girl (2022). Directed by Colm Bairéad. Starring Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley and Andrew Bennett.

The Quiet Girl is a moving, slow-paced movie set in 1981 Ireland, although you wouldn't know it from anything in particular about the setting. Cáit is the quiet girl in question, the youngest daughter of a troubled family. She is a bit of a loner, very introverted and the subject of teasing and scorn from her sisters and her community. Her mother is about to give birth and her parents want Cáit out of the way, so they send her away to live with her mother's cousin, a married woman with a secret.

This is a Sunday-morning movie, one to enjoy with a cup of coffee and the tissues handy. The movie is about 60% in Irish and I think I've never heard so much Irish spoken in a film. It really is an incredibly beautiful language. 

Cáit blooms under the care of Eibhlín and Seán, farmers who are both a good deal better off than Cáit's family and a good deal kinder too. But she's only there for the summer, and the summer will end.

The movie is based on Claire Keegan's book Foster, published in the United States in 2022.  I know I'll be adding that to my wishlist, and you should add both to your lists, too.

The Quiet Girl is available to stream on multiple services.

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