The Quiet Girl (2022)

Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett, Michael Patric,
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 discover...
  • 8.0 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2022-09-19 Added:
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8 / 10

Stay with it

Well written, beautifully directed and sensitively performed, this ends up being a deeply moving film. Director Colm Bairéad keeps his nerve as far as pacing is concerned, and as a result I expect there'll be some who find this too slow-moving for their taste. But stay with it. It's worth it.

I've never been the kind of moviegoer who wonders what happens to the characters after the film has ended, but it's difficult not to speculate in that way after The Quiet Girl's extraordinary final moments.

10 / 10

A masterpiece

Quite simply, the best Irish movie, I've ever seen. Not just Irish language but Irish! Sublime cinematography, direction and acting. Based on Claire Keegan's book Foster, this tells the story of Cait a withdrawn little girl from a poor big rural family who during her mother's latest pregnancy is packed off to live with a older rural couple who are relatives. Catherine Clinch is a revelation as the title character and Carrie Crowleyis her usual reliable self and Andrew Bennett in his role as the taciturn substitute father developing a relationship with Cait who delivers a powerfulemotional punch. This movie had me welling up unexpectedly a number of times and there are so many nostalgic moments in relation to late 70s early 80s Ireland in relation to tv, sport and clothes. It is a joyous film that I cannot recommend highly enough it hypnotised me . I'm not staying quiet about this!

10 / 10


An Cailín Ciúin has a slow almost boring start but you soon discover that this is very deliberate by the film maker. The film, and Cait, come out of themselves when they spend the summer at her mother's cousin's house.

There really isn't a big story here but a strong one, beautiful film making and performances from all involved drag the audience in.

At 90 minutes it's perfectly timed but you're left needing to know more.

10 / 10

An Cailín Ciúin

Watched this lovely film at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2022.

I know it's only February but this is the best film I've seen this year. If you ever get a chance to watch 'An Cailín Ciúin' in the future, seize the chance.

10 / 10


Wonderfully understated and yet filled with a million moments that will resonate - the difficulties of saying what you feel, of leaving the past behind, of understanding and being understood. It brought to my mind thoughts of the many kindnesses I have been shown in my life and I found it very moving.

Nicely shot, often from a child's point of view, it takes the hurt of adult life and suggests that there is always something special to be found in giving people a chance. A simple film that says so much.