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The Quiet Girl

January 21, 2024

Moderator: Spencer Everhart

Panelists: Carl Plantinga (Film) and

Mary Alice Williams (Culture)


Director: Colm Bairéad

Year: 2022

Country: Ireland

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 a painful truth. Based on a short story by Claire Keegan. In Irish Gaelic with subtitles.

Festival Premiere at Berlinale 2022

Dublin International Film Festival

Glascow Film Festival

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"What matters is that The Quiet Girl is, quite simply, a genuine work of art by a genuinely empathetic artist, and one of the single most moving, heartfelt, and heartbreaking movies from any country in the last decade. That only sounds like hyperbole until you see it. After that, the sentence reads as a huge understatement."

-- David Freer, Rolling Stone

"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

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