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What Richard Did (2012)

TV-MA | | Drama | 5 October 2012 (Ireland)
What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the ... See full summary »

Director:

Lenny Abrahamson

Writers:

Malcolm Campbell, Kevin Power (book)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Reynor ... Richard Karlsen
Fionn Walton ... Cian
Gavin Drea Gavin Drea ... Stephen
Patrick Gibson ... Jake
Liana O'Cleirigh ... Clodagh
Rachel Gleeson Rachel Gleeson ... Eimear
Billy Gibson Billy Gibson ... Oisin
Mella Carron Mella Carron ... Sophie Kilroy
Roisin Murphy ... Lara (as Róisín Murphy)
Eva-Jane Gaffney Eva-Jane Gaffney ... Sask
Sam Keeley ... Conor Harris
Aoife Duffin ... Pub Landlady
David Fennelly David Fennelly ... Boy in Cubicle
Michelle Doherty Michelle Doherty ... Liv
Pádraic Delaney ... Pat Kilroy
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What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until in one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be. Written by Calum Young

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Drama

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Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosa ha fatto Richard See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Lenny Abrahamson garnered most of his cast through improvisational workshops that he started a full year in advance of shooting. See more »

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Where we learn, instead, what Richard did not do…
23 March 2014 | by Roger BurkeSee all my reviews

This is an actor's movie and the first of Lenny Abrahamson's movies I've seen. It might be the last, given the somewhat well-trodden story and plot coupled with the slow pacing of the entire narrative. On the other hand, it gave me an opportunity to see just how good an actor Jack Reynor (as Richard) is. Reynor is a natural, perhaps, and worth watching; but what also should be noted is the acting of the core ensemble of young students - consistently high quality.

So, I have mixed feelings about the whole effort. The acting and direction are tops. The Storyline on the main page for this movie is sufficient for any viewer's needs. The dialogue is true to life with mostly a quite strong Irish lilt - naturally - but which is often so quick, this viewer found some difficulty to understand. Put it down to my advanced age, maybe (but I hope not).

There is a long first act which provides the setup for the equally long second, during which the tragedy develops and unfolds i.e. a fight between Richard and Connor (Sam Keeley) over Lara (Roisin Murphy), Richard's girl friend. The boys are separated but Connor dies the next day from injuries.

The shorter finale provides the viewer the opportunity to ponder a number of moral issues, the chief of which is surely: who was responsible? I don't intend to read the book, but Abrahamson and the screen writer (Malcolm Campbell) obviously decided to allow ambiguity to rule which, ultimately and ironically, shows us what Richard did NOT do: the right thing, in my opinion; but, he was not alone. When you see this movie, you can judge for yourself.

Overall, though, this is an average night at the movies with no great outcomes - no pun intended. Five out of ten. Recommended for all.

March 20, 2014


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