Parents' Guide to

The Quiet Girl

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Beautiful Irish drama has language, death, smoking.

Movie PG-13 2022 95 minutes
The Quiet Girl movie poster: A young girl in a yellow dress runs through some woods

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This impactful debut from writer-director Colm Bairéad quickly became the top-grossing Irish-language film of all time in its home country. The Quiet Girl is also the first Irish-language production to be nominated for an Oscar for Best International Film. The film is a slow, stealthy affair that is often as subdued as its heroine, giving a child's-eye-view of the world from a place of detached curiosity, the camera noticing every detail that captures Cáit's attention. Her coming of age is a gradual understanding and experience of being loved, cared for, and seen. There are subtle moments of tenderness expressed in the smallest of gestures that will have the biggest of impacts on even the coldest of hearts. The movie is beautifully produced, with dreamlike shots and a wistful score which, along with the phenomenal performances -- particularly from newcomer Clinch -- make this an emotional tour de force to be reckoned with.

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