Review: The Quiet Girl (2022)

Quite possibly the most iconic shot from The Quiet Girl with the main character in frame.
Quite possibly the most iconic shot from The Quiet Girl with the main character in frame.

First movie of the year! I saw this listed on a list of recommended movies and thought the premise seemed interesting so I put it on my watchlist.

The aspect of the movie that caught my eye immediately was the use of the 4:3 aspect ratio. I don’t think I’ve seen any contemporary movies doing this (not that I watch many but y’know…). The aspect ratio really works for the cinematography the movie is doing. There are some truly incredible shots in this movie and the 4:3 aspect ratio quite literally frames characters in a way I’ve not seen before.

Here are a few more shots to showcase the movie:

This movie is also concise, coming in at a runtime of a brisk 90 minutes. There are no wasted moments in this one, every shot and scene is used to its full effect. It is also an excellent example of show not tell. Characters in the movie don’t talk much, especially the titular quiet girl, Cait but their emotions from scene to scene are captured well and I didn’t feel like I missed anything from the sparseness of spoken dialogue.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie and I am glad I picked this one to be the first one of the year.