The Town Is Quiet

The Town Is Quiet
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Format:  DVD
item number:  STA 82003D
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DVD Features:

  • 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:
    • Scene Access

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 35


User Ratings: 577
Rating: 3.5/4 -- ...the film's characters are familiar, real-life people, whose sadness reaches out from the screen.
Seattle Times
Feb 15, 2002
...Guediguian's light, mobile camerawork and extensive location shooting expand Marseillais visual idiom, offering an imaginative cross between the warm theatricality of the [19]30s Pagnol films and British-style social realism...
Sight and Sound
Nov 1, 2001
Rating: 3/5 -- Strives toward greatness, toward a complete understanding of life in the roiling, unsettled, complex locale they call Marseilles, and its partial success must be applauded. Full Review
Film Threat
Dec 8, 2002
...Intimate and human yet deeply ambitious, a powerhouse of a film made with a disturbing vision...
Los Angeles Times
Feb 22, 2002
Rating: 4.5/5 -- It's a pitiless film, uncompromising in what it shows us. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Feb 22, 2002
La ville est tranquille is not depressing, but a sense of sadness permeates the film. As dramatic as it is, Guediguian's point is well taken: this town will remain quiet.
Miami Herald
Feb 1, 2002
Rating: 4/5 -- One of the best French films of the year. Full Review
RTÉ (Ireland)
Mar 26, 2003

Product Description:

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.


Production Notes:

  • Original Production Year: 2000.
  • IN THEATRES: OCTOBER 26, 2001 (NY)

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  • UPC: 717119820343
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