What Richard Did (2013)
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as Richard Carlsen
as Conor Harris
as Peter Karlsen
as Sophie Kilroy
as Pub Landlady
as Boy in Cubicle
as Pat Kilroy
as Katherine Karlsen
as Brendan Harris
as Eileen Harris
as Lara's Friend
as Jake's Friend
as Gate Crasher
as Male Detective
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Critic Reviews for What Richard Did
You may be shocked by your own reactions to "what Richard did," but you won't soon forget the movie in which he did them.
Abrahamson's penetrating film asks - and does not answer - whether one viciously criminal moment is an aberration, or whether it reveals the weak, shabby person who was there all along.
Mr. Reynor's portrayal of this man-child is an extraordinary screen performance in which his face registers all the conflicting emotions gripping Richard. We see every layer of him, from the scared inner child to the suave, entitled ladies' man.
[Feels] like a Bergman homage without earning the clunky label "Bergmanesque."
A satisfyingly knotted moral fable with some very memorable performances, including a fine piece of charismatic brooding from Reynor.
Audience Reviews for What Richard Did
This Irish feature seems to aim for the ice-cold detachment of Bruno Dumont but ultimately comes off more like a well performed after-school special. It's title character is a popular young Dublin rugby player who accidentally kills another teen in a drunken brawl. Director Lenny Abrahamson opts for the usual easy targets wheeled out by conservatives, (drinking, underage sex, foreign influences) rather than exploring the dog-eat-dog culture of it's South Dublin middle-class setting. Jack Reynor is impressive in the title role but it's a film that feels indecisive rather than ambiguous.
Based on True Events centering on the youth of Modern Day Ireland, 'What Richard Did' is a fine intelligent and absorbing drama, following the tough times of an adolescent involved in a violent incident that may change him forever. The film never over exaggerates its bleak tones among its smooth scripting, deft editing and fine performances from such a gifted cast. Highly recommened for the most persistant viewer in search of realistic drama on such a suttle and refreshing scale.
Strikingly acted and impressively made film that for me stood alongside narratively similar films like Mean Creek and, especially, Paranoid Park, exploring how one moment can change someone irrevocably on the inside (though perhaps not on the outside). Jack Reynor is outstanding.
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