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What Richard Did

Released: 11/01/2013 Released in key cities

Shameless writer Malcolm Campbell is behind the script for this account of privileged Irish youth, but improv workshops over many months played a part too. Director Lenny Abrahamson goes for nuance over histrionics, as it all goes horribly wrong for a rich, popular boy on the verge of a bright university career, before one night out utterly changes his prospects. For more information visit: http://www.whatricharddid.ie/ Buy: http://www.odeoncinemas.ie/fanatic/film_info/m14243/What_Richard_Did/ Watch:

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Radio Times“Newcomer Jack Reynor is highly impressive...” There is an undoubted resonance here with the rise and fall of the Irish national psyche in the wake of the country's recent economic travails. It all adds up to a film that avoids melodramatic excess...
 
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The Observer“A striking portrait of a social class and a low-key allegory...” The Irish director of Adam & Paul and Garage, both accomplished studies of marginalised lower-class figures, shifts territory to the world of wealthy Dubliners...
 
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Financial Times“Its power tails away significantly after the fracas...” If you knew nothing whatsoever about What Richard Did, for a long time watching you would still be entirely in the dark as to its genre and yet enjoying the growing sense of, if not quite dread, something being wrong....
 
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Guardian“Slow-burning and disturbing...” Abrahamson shows that whatever the failings and weaknesses of the young, it is their elders who insist on wriggling away from blame. What Richard Did is an engrossing and intelligent drama that throbs in the mind for hours after the final credits...
 
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Little White Lies“Haunting slice of bourgeois social realism...” Abrahamson’s film is an oppressive, thoughtful, if occasionally tiring investigation into a new brand of contemporary nihilism...
 
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The Independent“One of the most accomplished young film-makers around... ” It's a morality tale which trusts the audience to deduce the moral. Reynor, who's in nearly every scene, holds the centre as high-flying Richard contemplates his fall from grace...
 
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The Telegraph“Abrahamson keeps getting better with actors...” Reynor hits you in the gut with his remorse and disbelief, and there’s wild, animal fury in his performance, too. As his dad, Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) has one scene trying to winkle out the truth that’s desperately upsetting...
 
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Empire“The best Irish film in some time...” A tough, impactful film that offers a sometimes uncomfortable but always gripping examination of cause and effect...
 
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Total Film “It’s a touch more convincing than it is compelling...” With Abrahmson keeping a steady (some might say glum) tone throughout, the film eventually makes good on that threat, offering an impressive study of guilt, responsibility and the bad things that happen to good people...
 
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