I reviewed by Colm Bairéad’s The Quiet Girl (aka An Cailín Ciúin), an Irish-language film nominated this year for Best International Feature (a first for Irish-language films). Based on a famous short story by Claire Keegan (later turned into a novella), the film is told intimately from a child’s point of view, what she sees, hears, absorbs. It is a quiet film, indeed: she’s quiet, the people who care for her are quiet, and the rhythms are that of farm life – slow, deliberate, careful. But the film did its work. It’s been a long time since I literally dissolved into stormy tears at a film’s final sequence. I was a MESS. The film is not really bilingual. It’s mostly Irish. And that’s kind of a big deal. I reviewed An Cailín Ciúin for Ebert.