What Richard Did
Irish teenager Richard Karlsen (quietly sensational Jack Reynor) has it all: he’s handsome, well-off, a college rugby star, loved by his family and admired by his friends. When his new girlfriend shows some concern for the boy she just dumped, Richard’s violent, drunken jealousy puts him at the centre of a police investigation. As friends and family – not least his stricken father – scramble to reassert the privilege that has accrued to the young master and protect him from any exacting scrutiny, he’s left to wrestle alone with his own excruciating fall from grace. Director Lenny Abrahamson dramatises the social and moral issues with a keen naturalistic eye for a prosperous Dublin enclave we’re not accustomed to seeing on screen. Previously the basis of Kevin Power’s novel Bad Day in Blackrock, it’s no stretch to imagine middle-class families the world over responding to universal instincts that emerge in the face of this teenage catastrophe.
1hr 27mins long
R13 Contains violence,offensive language and sex scenes