The Quiet Girl
This film has won Best Film at the Berlin and Dublin Film festivals as well as several other festivals around the world. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s probably the first film you’ll see that is mainly in Irish and the screenplay is adapted from a novella, Foster, by the Booker Prize winning author, Claire Keegan. It has been a huge hit with critics and audiences because it is not only beautifully and tenderly made but is also deeply moving. The plot is simple: 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. It has an ending that will take your breath away.
It’s a beautiful thing to watch a child realize they’re worth something, and equally heartbreaking to reconcile that, until a specific point, they thought the opposite. Through heart-wrenching, nuanced and arresting performances by Catherine Clinch as Cait and Carrie Crowley and Andrew Bennett as her foster parents, The Quiet Girl technically lives up to its name, but speaks volumes about the transformative power of what it means to be loved.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall