A remarkable debut for writer-director Colm Bairéad, THE QUIET GIRL offers a deceptively simple reminder that the smallest stories can leave a large emotional impact.
Rural Ireland, 1981: nine-year-old Cait is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. Quietly struggling at school and at home, she has learned to hide in plain sight from those around her. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature. Based on the novel by Claire Keegan.
Ireland, PG-13, 1h 36m.
"Through heart-wrenching, nuanced and arresting performances, THE QUIET GIRL technically lives up to its name, but speaks volumes about the transformative power of what it means to be loved." – Globe and Mail
"An unexpectedly beautiful assembly of narrative, image and sound which takes its cue from the title to build quietly to an emotional catharsis." – Screen International
"Made with sensitivity and care by first-time writer-director Bairead, combines serene editing, quiet reserves of strength, and subdued performances that allow you to think and feel instead of just watch." – Observer