An Irish language film, with 95% of the dialogue in Irish, and English words peppered in only occasionally (there are subtitles for both). “The Quiet Girl” (Irish title “An Cailín Ciúin”) is the first Irish-language film to be nominated for an Academy Award (this year’s Best International Feature). It’s a milestone for Irish-language film. Set in rural Ireland, 1981, the film beautifully tells the story of nine-year-old Cáit sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. Quietly struggling at school and at home, she has learned to hide in plain sight from those around her. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.
One of our favorite Irish historians, Maureen Dunphy Brady, MA, NYU Glucksman Ireland house, will offer a talk prior to a screening of the movie.
LUMINOUS… There may not be a movie more expressive of the season’s benevolent ethos than this hushed work about kith and kindness. – The New York Times
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