What Richard Did

  • 15
  • Lenny Abrahamson (2012)
  • Ire
  • 83 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

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 in this engrossing Irish drama. 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.

Plot Summary

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 and crew


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


Lenny Abrahamson

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Swearing, sex scenes, some violence, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Jan 2013
Certificate 15