The Quiet Girl based on Foster by Claire Keegan, author of the stupendous Small Things Like These http://realini.blogspot.com/2022/09/small-things-like-these-by-claire.html long listed for The 2022 Booker Prize
10 out of 10
I have been elated by Small Things Like These http://realini.blogspot.com/2022/11/awed-by-small-things-like-these-by.html by Claire Keegan, I wish she had won the Booker Prize – I have not read the winner, however, seeing as I have learned about the subject, the other world, ghosts and the like, it does not look like I will read it, never mind prefer it to the magnificent short narrative…were it to win, it would have been the shortest chef d’oeuvre to get the Booker – and I came with high expectations to The Quiet Girl.
It is recommended that we lower our expectations, in order to aspire to be happy, only in the case of this work, The Quiet Girl delivers, this note is about the motion picture based on the story, which has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, two BAFTAs, one for Best Film not in The English Language, seeing as it is mostly in Irish, with passages that are in English, but few and far between, and the other for Best Adapted Screenplay, and it is clearly one of the best movies of 2022.
We could argue that Argentina, 1985 http://realini.blogspot.com/2023/01/one-of-best-films-of-2022-argentina-1985.html would have the upper hand, more chances, since it has won the Golden Globe for Best Film in a Foreign Language it may have a head start, and it is an impressive, extraordinary tale, looking at the period that followed the dictatorship in Argentina, in 1985 as it happens.
The army had been committing atrocities, killing, torturing people, taking large numbers over the ocean and then dropping them to their death, women gave birth in gruesome circumstances, they have been raped, abused, and we have the chance to hear their testimony in court, the first civilian one in the world to take to the stand the military, which denied their responsibility, until they would be found guilty.
Then we have the equally outstanding All Quiet On The Western Front http://realini.blogspot.com/2023/02/all-quiet-on-western-front-by-erich.html - an earlier adaptation has won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, and that was seventy or more years ago – which has been shortlisted for multiple Oscars, BAFTAs and other prestigious trophies, a favorite to win for International Film
The Quiet Girl does not have the explosions, turmoil, incredible production display of All Quite on the Western Front, or the intense drama which is part of Argentina, 1985, where the testimonies are hard to hear, telling the public about horrors that had been inflicted in the name of the fight against enemies of the people
However, there is plenty to admire in The Quiet Girl and to feel deeply sad about…The Quiet Girl is an unlucky child, living with parents that have too many children – one of the splendid, hilarious sketches of the best comedy team in the history of the world, Monty Python, comes to mind http://realini.blogspot.com/2019/05/and-now-for-something-completely.html wherein the regretted Terry Jones plays the mother of…maybe 132 children, all pressed inside a flat, with a dialogue that is attacking the imposition of the Catholic Church, which considers all sex destined for procreation, otherwise it is a dreadful sin, to make matters worse, I think they still forbid contraception – and they neglect her
Somehow, The Quiet Girl reminds me of another great motion picture, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days http://realini.blogspot.com/2017/05/4-months-3-weeks-and-2-days-aka-4-luni.html, the work of Cristian Mungiu and a team of extremely talented people, in which we have a look at what has happened during the tyranny of the Ceausescu regime, one which outlawed abortion, and the tragedy of the film centers on what happens when a baby is not wanted, and the young woman has few choices.
She is expected by the dictatorship to have the child, raise him, her or they so that the despot could have more soldiers for his army of subjects, to work for him and his acolytes – I have heard in the eternal sauna, the place where the most extravagant, and yet widely circulated on the net, conspiracies are brought to life, with admirers of…Putin trying to convince me that the Americans are to blame, the poor Kremlin Monster is in fact a sweet pussycat (or just a pussy with atomic weapons we could say, and we could be politically incorrect here, nobody is reading), that Ceausescu was in fact a firm believer in the ideals of communism and he did not really know what was going on, which is so damn stupid…
http://realini.blogspot.com/2022/03/realini-in-newsweek-participant-in.html this is a link that will show you an article in Newsweek, the one covering the Revolution of 1989, at the end of which Ceausescu and his wife would be shot dead, one in which I have taken part (and I am so proud of it, no matter how futile it was on some fronts, disregarding the fact that it eventually brought to power the second echelon, the children of the former nomenclature and the apparatchiks themselves in most cases, that I keep mentioning this, give you the link, no matter if there is any connection or not, if it feels like by the way, good, if there is no incidentally) and seeing The Quiet Girl made me remember the many orphans that ended up abandoned, because parents could not take care of them…
mothers were forced to give birth, even when the father was absent and they had no means to offer protection, food – in the communist era, there was a shortage of everything, eatables, electricity, heating, liberty was absent – and thus we ended up with families that resembled to a degree what we see in The Quiet Girl http://realini.blogspot.com/2022/02/unique-in-world.html?q=unique+in+the+world