What Richard Did

This is a guest review by Darragh McGrath, follow him on Twitter here. Read all our TIFF 2012 coverage here.

What Richard Did TIFF 2012 review - Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Starring Jack Reynor as Richard Karlsen.

Those Celtic cubs – ★★★★½

[TIFF listing]

Director: Lenny Abrahamson  //  Country: Ireland  //  Year: 2012  //  Language: English  //  Runtime: 87 minutes  //  Rating: PG  //  Principal Cast: Jack Reynor, Róisín Murphy, Sam Keeley, Lars Mikkelsen  //  Screenplay: Lenny Abrahamson

With his third film, Lenny Abrahamson moves from the margins of Irish society to its centre and once again finds plenty of rot and waste beneath the surface.

Having previously explored the heroin wasteland of inner-city Dublin in Adam and Paul (2004) and the isolation and abandonment of rural Ireland in the acclaimed Garage (2007), What Richard Did centres on the titular character and his life amongst his upper-middle class family and peers into Dublin’s D4 area. Richard Karlsen is young, popular and has life all figured out at the age of eighteen; his family dote on him, his friends and rugby teammates look up to and admire him and he’s got his fair share of female attention to choose from in his final summer before starting college. The fact that he picks up his team-mate Conor’s girlfriend as his latest conquest is what leads this film down its dark road and is the first sign of the self-destructive nature of these Celtic cubs.

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