Movie Review: The Quiet Girl * Beautiful Film With Smartly-Written Screenplay And Luminous Cinematography
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 discovers one.
KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Eshaan M. comments, “Filled with pathos, The Quiet Girl is a beautiful film with a smartly-written screenplay and luminous cinematography. The story keeps you enthralled, and, by the end, audiences will understand that melancholy and silence don’t always go together.” Emma D. adds, “The Quiet Girl is, by far, one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. I commend the director, Colm Bairéad, for showcasing the dazzling scenery of Ireland. This film is mainly spoken in Gaelic and I had to rely on the subtitles to understand the plot, which made it a little hard to connect with at times.” See their full reviews below.
The Quiet Girl By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Filled with pathos, The Quiet Girl is a beautiful film with a smartly-written screenplay and luminous cinematography. The story keeps you enthralled, and, by the end, audiences will understand that melancholy and silence don’t always go together.
Set in rural Ireland and one of a dying breed of Irish-language films, The Quiet Girl is based on Claire Keegan’s short story “Foster” and a riff on the famous 1952 Oscar®-award-winning John Ford film The Quiet Man. Nine-year-old Cait (Catherine Clinch) is withdrawn; she lives with her neglectful parents, sisters, and baby brother. Her tired parents send her to the Cinnsealach family (her maternal aunt and uncle). Eibhlin and Sean Cinnsealach (Carrie Crowley and Andrew Bennett) differ in how they accept Cait, but both share a sense of compassion and yet deep loss, too. The film takes its time to reveal exactly what the root of this sense of loss is and does so elegantly. Through her time with the Cinnsealachs, Cait realizes the true meaning of family, kindness and care.
Director Colm Bairéad has achieved a commendable task by making nearly the whole film in Irish Gaelic, an endangered language that Bairéad wants to promote globally. The cast carry the film with their understated performances, which are, like everything else in the film “quiet” and subtle. Clinch’s honesty in her portrayal of the withdrawn, nuanced Cait shines through. I also have a soft spot for Carrie Crowley and Andrew Bennett. Crowley’s motherly kindness is like a tight hug for viewers. Bennett’s character is much colder than Crowley’s toward Cait initially, but Bennett uses his prowess to transform his character from an antagonist to a flawed supporting character easily. I love the cinematography and the film as well. The way the endless fields, slurry pit, and beaten country roads were filmed seems to emanate a sense of peace and has a unique luster. The music in the film is subtle, which also adds to the “quiet” feeling of the film, as does the laconic script, which focuses more on the characters’ bonds than the words coming out of their mouths, making for a deeply meaningful viewing experience.
The Quiet Girl promotes kindness, acceptance and the power of silence. In terms of parental warnings, Cait runs off a few times in the film but always returns to the Cinnsealach home.
I give The Quiet Girl 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. The Quiet Girl releases in theaters nationwide on February 24, 2023.
The Quiet Girl By Emma Defot, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
The Quiet Girl is a beautiful film with amazing cinematography that surely captivated me. Although the movie is beautiful, due to it plot and language it may be a difficult watch for younger kids.
The film is set in rural Ireland in the early 1980s and follows the story of Cait (Catherine Clinch), a nine-year-old girl, who is sent away from her dysfunctional family for the summer. Her family is overcrowded and poor, which results in Cait trying to hide in plain site from those around her. When she arrives at a distant relative’s house for the summer, she thrives under their car and, overtime discovers one painful truth, which may change everything.
The Quiet Girl is, by far, one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. I commend the director, Colm Bairéad, for showcasing the dazzling scenery of Ireland. This film is mainly spoken in Gaelic and I had to rely on the subtitles to understand the plot, which made it a little hard to connect with at times. Catherine Clinch gives an amazing and heart-moving performance, and is definitely the highlight of the film. The best parts are definitely the parts with Sean (Andrew Bennett), Cait’s foster father, and Cait which are heartwarming and a contrast to Cait’s relationship with her father. The relationship takes longer to develop than Cait’s relationship with her stepmother and thus comes across as more meaningful. The movie is a bit slow at times, but still captured me.
The Quiet Girl shows the importance of love and warmth from others, in adults and especially in kids. You should know that the film covers many serious topics such as abuse and death, which make it unsuitable for younger audiences.
I give The Quiet Girl 3 out 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It releases in theaters February 24, 2023.