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The Quiet Girl 12 rating

A young girl is sent away to spend the summer with distant relatives, in this profoundly moving and tender Irish-language film from first-time feature director Colm Bairéad.

Drama 2021 91 mins

Director: Colm Bairead


With a baby brother on the way and several other siblings jostling for food and space, Cáit’s distracted parents send her away to live with distant relatives for the summer. There, in a house with “no secrets”, Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley) and her husband Seán (Andrew Bennett, Angela’s Ashes) show her a level of attention and affection that is completely alien to her. Under their care, Cáit - an exquisite performance from young star Catherine Clinch - blossoms and develops from timid houseguest to surrogate daughter. Adapted from Claire Keegan’s novella ‘Foster’ by first-time feature director Colm Bairéad, this is a profoundly moving and tender film that will stay with you long after the credits have stopped rolling.

An Cailín Ciúin, its original title, made history as the first Irish-language feature to show at Berlinale, winning the Grand Prix Award for Best Film in the Generation Kplus strand.