So what EXACTLY did Richard do?
Well, that would be telling. But director Lenny Abrahamson crafts a convincing portrait of teenagers in modern-day Dublin in this slow-burning meditation on guilt and responsibility.
Rising star Jack Reynor (who’s already been snapped up by Michael Bay for Transformers 4) is the titular school rugby ace whose world starts to unravel when he falls for a teammate’s girlfriend.
From the naturalistic performances to the casual camera work, it’s an evocative piece that avoids any hackneyed hysteria, investing instead in ambiguity and brooding melancholy.
Have patience and you’ll be hooked.