- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 18, 2003
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: New Yorker Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Box Office - 10/01/2001
"...All the actors create distinctive characterizations....Guediguian's latest is an absorbing, panoramic view of characters and their city in continual conflict..."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2001
"...Guediguian's light, mobile camerawork and extensive location shooting expand Marseillais visual idiom, offering an imaginative cross between the warm theatricality of the 30s Pagnol films and British-style social realism..."
New York Times - 10/26/2001
"...Raw, wrenching....THE TOWN IS QUIET maintains an intensely realistic urban ambience..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/22/2002
"...Intimate and human yet deeply ambitious, a powerhouse of a film made with a disturbing vision..."
With THE TOWN IS QUIET, French writer-director Robert Guediguian (MARIUS AND JEANNETTE) brings the bustling, culturally diverse landscape of modern Marseilles to startling life. Opening with an extended pan of the Mediterranean city, Guediguian ingeniously prepares the viewer for the sprawling tale that is about to unfold. Gradually, a revolving cast of characters is introduced, including: Michele (Ariane Ascaride), a struggling fish monger who cares for her heroin-addicted daughter, Fiona (Julie-Marie Parmentier); Paul (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), a former dock worker who has turned to driving a taxi; Abderramane (Alexandre Ogou) and Viviane (Christine Brucher), two apparent opposites who form an unlikely relationship; and Gerard (Gerard Meylan), a quiet bar owner with a mysterious connection to Michele. By the time the film builds to its somber, tragic conclusion, each individual is forced to confront his or her current situation, sparking a series of epiphanies that no one will ever forget.
Guediguian's film is the work of a truly gifted storyteller. Juggling at least four major plotlines, he brings his characters together naturally, without ever forcing it. Ascaride, Darroussin, and Meylan are standouts in the superb cast, actors who don't need to speak to convey the hidden sadness that lies just beneath the surface.
- Original Production Year: 2000.
- IN THEATRES: OCTOBER 26, 2001 (NY)