“The Quiet Girl” is a new film from Ireland. The film’s makers hope it finds its way to an Oscar nomination for Best International Feature Film. It’s about a quiet, neglected girl who experiences a summer that changes her life.
In the film, a child from a broken family is sent to distant relatives for the summer. In this unfamiliar new home she finds herself thanks to kindness, love and compassion.
It’s based on the novel Foster, and it’s one of those movies that will probably spark discussion when it’s over.
“I like to quote Claire Keegan herself, the author of this work that we took into this film, and that she likes to think about her work, how she says that whenever she releases something, it’s in her head, it is still unfinished. And she firmly believes in this idea that the reader finishes the work and finishes the play,” said director Colm Bairead.
Bairead chose newcomer Catherine Clinch to play his young leading lady. She’s someone with virtually no professional acting experience.
“She sent a selfie video one day where she was basically performing some scenes from the movie, and we knew right away, before we even met her, that we had found someone really special,” Bairead said. “She just had this remarkable ability to allow the camera to watch her and watch her in those very private moments.”
Bairead said it was important to cast the right child.
“The entire project essentially rests on the shoulders of this young woman. So Catherine is a miracle to us,” he said.
The Quiet Girl is the highest grossing Irish film of all time. It’s playing now for an exclusive week-long run at AMC Sunset 5.
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