Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) Reviews

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
June 24, 2009
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.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 29, 2009
Grief has rarely felt quite so empty as it does in Quiet Chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
June 26, 2009
Quiet Chaos jerkily shifts tones, from oddly comic ... to blunt. And by blunt I mean an indiscreet, in-your-face sex scene that turns the viewer from observer to pervy voyeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 24, 2008
For a far superior meditation on bereavement, better to turn to Moretti's portrayal of a grieving father in 2002's The Son's Room.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 26, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 24, 2008
It's watchable and fluent, but there is something narcissistic and conceited in Moretti's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 22, 2009
[Nanni] Moretti makes this 'study' in despair a naggingly neutral, at times borderline coy experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
June 26, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Des Partridge
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
May 22, 2009
[Moretti delivers] a complex and complete performance...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
Nanni Moretti superbly carries family tragedy, infusing it with depth and humor.
Anton Bitel
Film4
October 20, 2008
Grimaldi's elegantly understated film is a Groundhog Day of grief suppressed and life suspended.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
May 22, 2009
Some of the plot is implausible, yet the core ideas resonate richly, and the characters' behaviour is psychologically intriguing.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 16, 2009
Quiet Chaos is an apt description for the emotional state of Nanni Moretti's grieving widower Pietro, in a film whose central theme is grief, but that plays out with a mix of humour and acceptance
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 16, 2009
It's like a psychological study, but performed with grace and humanity
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
May 22, 2009
A respectable and always watchable film about bereavement, well acted and well made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 22, 2009
Quiet Chaos has strength and insight about the experiences that cause us to change direction in life.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
May 22, 2009
It's subtle stuff with an appealing lack of contrivance and there is something very natural about its resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Karl French
Financial Times
October 24, 2008
This is a slow-burning, very well acted film that contains, almost disconcertingly, a graphic sex scene, a strange star-cameo very late on, and something close to a Hollywood ending.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 24, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Lee Marshall
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Moretti's performance -- unusually for an actor whose chief trait is sardonic superiority - mines a vein of self-doubt and frail desperation that, together with his tender relationship with his daughter, gives Quiet Chaos a broad human touch.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
September 9, 2009

Irish Times
October 24, 2008
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