The Quiet Girl (An Cailín Ciúin) is the enchanting, understated debut by Irish director Colm Bairéad. The film tells a universal coming-of-age story, seen through the eyes of the nine-year-old Cáit, who experiences a loving home for the first time in her life. Both the Irish language and the beautiful landscape colour her world.
Ireland 1981. With all her many siblings and another on the way, there is not enough room for the young, introverted Cáit (Catherine Clinch) to live with her impoverished and neglectful parents. She is sent to stay with her mother’s distant cousin in the countryside for the summer. While she is lovingly cared for by aunt Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), Cáit’s dour uncle Seán (Andrew Bennett) has more trouble with her presence. Gradually, Cáit discovers that this home houses secrets, too. The girl gradually becomes close with both her foster parents, but all summers come to an end.
The Quiet Girl has been nominated for the Oscar for Best International Film. Previously, it was the big winner at the Irish Film and Television Awards (including Best Film and Best Director).
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