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The Town Is Quiet (La Ville est tranquille)

The Town Is Quiet (La Ville est tranquille) (2001)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

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Set within a working class milieu, the paths of many Marseille locals converge on a journey through the lives and daily struggles of a group of its inhabitants. At the center is Michele, a hardworking fishmonger, who supports an entire family. After putting in backbreaking hours, she must return home to a sullen husband and a daughter fighting a debilitating drug abuse. Michele commits to raising her baby granddaughter while her daughter battles heroin addiction. Reduced to selling her own body

Mar 18, 2003

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (10) | DVD (2)

For all of the apparent naturalness on screen, Guediguian's grim vision comes off as far too calculated.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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It's a strong viewing experience but definitely worth the effort.

June 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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It's a pitiless film, uncompromising in what it shows us.

February 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Always, one gets the sense that this film is coming from some place real, and terrible.

February 16, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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...the film's characters are familiar, real-life people, whose sadness reaches out from the screen.

February 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

February 1, 2002
Miami Herald
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Too trying and unwieldy to keep my attention.

May 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One of the best French films of the year.

March 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

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.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Director Robert Guédiguian, who wrote the script with Jean-Louis Milesi and co-produced his film, delivers a story that's particularly French but also sadly universal.

August 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

This ville is far from tranquille, but the French twist on this emotional powerhouse keeps proceedings meditative as things go into the gutter.

July 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

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.

July 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

More successful as sociological argument than as cinematic narrative.

June 21, 2002 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

At two hours, this movie seems to drag on and on as the tragedies pile up. I found myself looking at my watch more than I was looking at the screen. If the town were a little more quiet, I would have taken a nap

June 21, 2002 Full Review Source:

Recommended only if you like it dreary.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Bach and Chopin form clear cut patterns that underscore the emotionally depressing film ..., but a better choice would have included the impressionistic Debussy

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source:

Ultimately, the director plays overbearing god to them all, using the martyred Michale to drive his points down our throats, but the fine supporting cast superbly explores his complex town.

February 21, 2002
New Times

The characters themselves do not really engage us -- they depress us instead of breaking our hearts.

February 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Quilted together with more passion than grace, this sprawling slice of life resembles one of John Sayles' ambitious social portraits...

February 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

If you find meaning in The Town is Quiet, it's in the intersection of the characters' lives, or in Guediguian's view of their peculiarly urban interdependence.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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