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What Richard Did

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What Richard Did

Lenny Abrahamson (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In this engrossing Irish drama, a Dublin student puts his bright future at risk when bristling jealousy over his girlfriend's old flame gets out of hand on one fateful night. Newcomer Jack Reynor is highly impressive in the demanding central role, displaying the charisma that makes protagonist Richard the alpha male in his circle of middle-class achievers, yet also conveying genuine depth to his soul-searching when the full implications of his actions hit home. Director Lenny Abrahamson, previously known for his affecting portraits of social misfits in Adam & Paul and Garage, takes a subtle, thought-provoking approach to the material. And while he doesn't hammer the point home, 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 to offer a compelling, haunting portrayal of one young man at a moral crossroads.


A wealthy teenager manages to seduce another student's girlfriend, but his confidence is shaken by her continuing friendship with her ex. His insecurity results in a violent confrontation that has unforeseen consequences, and leads to his seemingly charmed life rapidly falling apart. Drama, starring Jack Reynor and Roisin Murphy.

Cast & Crew

Richard Karlsen Jack Reynor
Lara Hogan Roisin Murphy
Conor Harris Sam Keeley
Peter Karlsen Lars Mikkelsen
Stephen Gavin Drea
Cian Fionn Walton
Katherine Karlsen Lorraine Pilkington
Pat Kilroy Padraic Delaney
Jake Galvin Patrick Gibson
Director Lenny Abrahamson
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Artificial Eye Guidance: Swearing, some violence, sex scenes, sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 11 Jan 2013


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