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An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl)

Rural Ireland, 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her overcrowded,
dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the
summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house
where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers

one painful truth.

Based on the renowned story Foster by Claire Keegan, An Cailín Ciúin is my debut narrative feature film.

1h 35min   |   Irish / English  

Writer/Director - Colm Bairéad

Producer - Cleona Ní Chrualaoi 

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The Guardian         The Observer        The Irish Times     Little White Lies     Daily Mail     Irish Independent

“It is a jewel...deeply moving tale of
rural Ireland already feels like a classic ”

The Guardian

“A beautiful assembly of narrative, image and sound... should be seen as a classic of its kind ”

Screen Daily

“Grips you, rips you apart, before putting you back together and making you whole again ”

Little White Lies


“The Quiet Girl is an artfully muted masterpiece... where else could you find this kind of experience,

but at the cinema? ” The New Statesman

“A heartfelt, beautifully homespun tale... remarkably moving ”


“It is an absolutely beautiful film,
so profoundly moving...rush out and see it ”

Mark Kermode

“Could be the best Irish film ever made ” Irish Independent


“One of the most exquisitely realised films of the year ”

The Observer

“A truly remarkable new Irish film” The Irish Times

“A beautifully realised adaptation of Claire Keegan’s novella Foster ”

Sight and Sound

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