I saw The Quiet Girl this evening. Absolutely blown away. It was completely stunning. It’s like 20% plot 80% vibes. It looks gorgeous. A really quiet story really quietly acted. Just gorgeous. I love when a film isn’t scared to lean into sentimentality - I feel like it’s used as a dirty word in reviews and by critics, but I think there’s nothing wrong with a bit of it in moderation. This film tugged on the heartstrings and knew exactly what it was doing.
It’s about a neglected girl in rural 1981 Ireland being sent to a distant relative’s house for the summer. The story that ensues is incredibly simple, but incredibly touching and life-affirming. I love a film that finds the beauty in the everyday, and this film does exactly that. I wept during the final scene. I’ll be thinking about this film for a while.
The film has done well at the IFTA’s and has been shortlisted as Ireland’s submission to the International Film category (80% of the film is in Irish.) I’d love to see it gain some momentum and start appearing elsewhere. I could see it sneaking into some of the BAFTA categories especially with the new voting system. Go and see it!