Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
[Nanni] Moretti makes this 'study' in despair a naggingly neutral, at times borderline coy experience.
Moretti gives his usual excellent performance. But the script throws in too many other elements while it should be concentrating on the father-daughter relationship.
The film, while uneven -- sometimes too on the nose, sometimes anecdotal and diffuse -- is generally absorbing, thanks mostly to the quality of the acting.
Not even the momentary participation extraordinaire of a vertically challenged famous filmmaker self-exiled from the United States can save this phony pseudo-drama from its final collapse into a heap of inconsequence and male vanity.
A thoughtful portrait of the purgatory of grief that prefers small incidences and exchanges over grand gestures of sentiment and revelation. It's sad - but never cloying.
Audience Reviews for Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
A quiet character study regarding a man dealing with the accidental death of his wife, leaving him to care for their ten year old daughter. Facing uncertainties at work and seemingly unable to process his loss, Pietro (Nanni Moretti) daily waits for his daughter in the park across from her school. He attracts the notice of several other people who frequent the park and receives visits from colleagues, friends, and relatives. His brother, Carlo (Alessandro Gassman), and crazy sister-in-law, Marta (Valeria Golino), check in with him from time to time to express their concerns and to try to induce him into a more normal routine, to no avail. The interaction between the father and daughter feels quite natural and provides a handle with which to understand their grief process. There are lighter moments to relieve the gloom, and the bright daily scenes also help to mask what otherwise could have been maudlin. One sex scene toward the end detracted from the overall tone of the film. It seemed out of place and completely unnecessary. This viewer has no problem with scenes of this nature as long as they flow naturally from the story. This one was too jarring and gratuitous.
I liked it even more than The Son's Room; it's similar in a way, but here it doesn't take so long to show the pain, and it's more original. Great, great dialogues and stupid sex scenes.
When a rich businessman's wife suddenly dies in an accident, his despair is so deep he is unable to maintain any aspect of his life except for the deep, loving support of his daughter. Every day, instead of going to the office, he takes the little girl to school, then spends the day sitting in the park across the street, waiting for her day to end so he can take her to gymnastics class, then home. He wishes she would come to her classroom window and look down at him. Executives from his office come to the park to talk, to conspire about a merger, one comes to offer him the CEO job. He has no interest. He is in the world of the park and his daughter and the people who pass through the park every day. And just this, no plot, no action, this is enough to make a great movie. Only Europeans have the sophistication to see the power in the smallest detail and translate it to film. In the US we are cheated from seeing pictures like this of our own by a film making system that thinks only 18 year old boys buy tickets. Because in the US we forgot long ago that film is an art, not a get rich quick scheme. These European stars can really act. They don't make Jennifer Aniston movies. Can somebody get rid of her, by the way? Put her under house arrest with no cameras?
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