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What Richard Did

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Ireland, 2012


The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen, a golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers. One summer night, however, Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him.

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What Richard Did Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Richard shows a tremendous sense of guilt and grief, but the movie doesn’t suggest that those feelings confirm him as a good person. Instead, Abrahamson’s penetrating film asks — and does not answer — whether one viciously criminal moment is an aberration, or whether it reveals the weak, shabby person who was there all along.
May 09, 2013
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In Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s moody What Richard Did, a family beach house on the coast of Dublin strongly evokes Bergman’s beloved home, one of many elements that makes the film feel like a Bergman homage without earning the clunky label “Bergmanesque.”
May 08, 2013
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Director Lenny Abrahamson telegraphs the plot twists—that story about a childhood pet is way too ominous—but he’s assembled a satisfyingly knotted moral fable with some very memorable performances, including a fine piece of charismatic brooding from Reynor.
May 07, 2013
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