Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009)

Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)



Critic Consensus: An understated and thoughtful insight into grief and despair, with a stellar turn from Nanni Moretti.

Movie Info

With Quiet Chaos (Caos Calmo), acclaimed Italian helmer Nanni Moretti steps away from his standard directorial role to essay the lead and co-author the script in a gentle psychological drama directed by Antonello Grimaldi. Moretti stars as Pietro, a film executive whose life takes an irreversible and devastating turn one fateful morning. During a trip to the beach with his brother, Pietro's path intersects with that of a woman, Eleonora (Isabella Ferrari), who is drowning in the ocean; … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Nanni Moretti, Laura Paolucci, Francesco Piccolo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 26, 2010
IFC Films



as Pietro Paladini

as Eleonora Simonici

as Claudia

as Jean Claude

as Samuele

as Annalisa

as Maria Grazia

as Taramanni

as Teacher Gloria

as Francesca

as psychotherapist

as Matteo's mother

as Maria Grazia's frien...

as Maria Grazia's frien...

as Simoncini's husband

as Lady at Dinner Party

as Man at Dinner Party

as Steiner
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Critic Reviews for Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (9)

[Nanni] Moretti makes this 'study' in despair a naggingly neutral, at times borderline coy experience.

Full Review… | July 22, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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… | June 26, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

The film, while uneven -- sometimes too on the nose, sometimes anecdotal and diffuse -- is generally absorbing, thanks mostly to the quality of the acting.

June 26, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

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… | October 24, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Grief has rarely felt quite so empty as it does in Quiet Chaos.

Full Review… | June 29, 2009
Slant Magazine

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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex Figueroba

Super Reviewer

slow and moving but doesn't really go anywhere in this tale of a father & daughter dealing with the death of his wife/mother.

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