Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: What Richard Did (Lenny Abrahamson, 2013)

What Richard Did is directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Malcolm Campbell, based loosely on Kevin Power’s Bad Day in Blackrock. This compelling and powerfully acted drama won best Irish Film of the Year at the 10th Irish Film and Television Awards.

18-year-old Richard Karlsen (Jack Reynor, in an astounding performance) is a talented and admired athlete and the alpha-male leader of his upper middle-class Dublin sect of friends. During the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university, Richard and his friends take a trip away. It is there that he meets Lara (Roisin Murphy), at that time dating one of Richard’s teammates, Conor (Sam Keeley). Attracted to Richard, Lara eventually leaves Conor, though the two boys remain uneasy friends. But one night intoxication, jealousy and challenged masculinity lead to a violent incident that shatters Richard’s perfect life and leaves him grappling with guilt and moral obligation.

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