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

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Produced by , &
Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 35


User Ratings: 577
...Intimate and human yet deeply ambitious, a powerhouse of a film made with a disturbing vision...
Los Angeles Times
Feb 22, 2002
It's got a lot on its plate, and sometimes it overindulges, loses focus and plays too obviously. Still, it manages to remain forceful and moving. Full Review
Jul 9, 2002
...Raw, wrenching....THE TOWN IS QUIET maintains an intensely realistic urban ambience...
New York Times
Oct 26, 2001
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
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
...All the actors create distinctive characterizations....Guediguian's latest is an absorbing, panoramic view of characters and their city in continual conflict...
Box Office
Oct 1, 2001
Rating: 85/100 -- This ville is far from tranquille, but the French twist on this emotional powerhouse keeps proceedings meditative as things go into the gutter. Full Review
Apollo Guide
Jul 13, 2002

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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