The Quiet Girl

Director: Colm Bairéad
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 0.0

Meek preteen Cáit (Catherine Clinch) is taken by her Father to stay with (very) distant cousin Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley) and her husband Seán (Andrew Bennett) over the summer (they have a farm in County Waterford) - her and Eibhlín bond immediately, but Seán's initially not pleased with her being there ... although he grows closer to her as it goes along.  Here's a lame duck movie that presents more questions than it has answers for: why were her parents having money trouble?  Were any of their other children sent away?  Is Pop's pull-out game that weak?  Does director Bairéad honestly think keeping his camera fixed on a girl who literally has nothing to say (and just looks deeply sad) provides enough substance for a ninety-minute film?  Can you believe Ireland actually submitted this to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 95th Oscars ... when it's essentially a student thesis project?  Most importantly: did that decision come after drinking a bottle or two of Teeling Single Malt?