Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)

2009

Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)

Critics Consensus

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

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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; horrified, Pietro rushes in to save her. He subsequently returns home only to discover that his wife, Lara, just died in a nasty falling accident; devastated to the core, this nascent widower must make the necessary psychological accommodations to adjust to life as a single parent, with sole responsibility for raising his ten-year-old daughter, Claudia (Blu Yoshimi). Almost instinctively, as a reaction to Lara's death, Pietro opts to sit and wait for his daughter to finish school each day (in a park across from the school), in lieu of abandoning her to his own priorities and commitments. This means that the fellow's colleagues in the film industry must, by necessity, come to do business with him in the park. Through it all, Pietro remains silently dumbfounded that the tragedy itself hasn't shaken him more, that the grief (the "quiet chaos" of the title) is subtly agonizing instead of grossly traumatizing and debilitating. Nevertheless, he ultimately begins to approach a full realization and acceptance of his loss, and gains an enhanced awareness of himself and others from the potentially crippling events thrust into his path. Valeria Golino (Rain Man) co-stars; Roman Polanski appears in a cameo as one of Pietro's industry colleagues. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Cast

Nanni Moretti
as Pietro Paladini
Isabella Ferrari
as Eleonora Simonici
Blu Yoshimi
as Claudia
Hippolyte Girardot
as Jean Claude
Manuela Morabito
as Maria Grazia
Roberto Nobile
as Taramanni
Antonella Attili
as Teacher Gloria
Sara D'Amario
as Francesca
Cloris Brosca
as psychotherapist
Tatiana Lepore
as Matteo's mother
Anna Gigante
as Maria Grazia's friend
Valentina Carnelutti
as Maria Grazia's friend
Nestor Saied
as Simoncini's husband
Dina Braschi
as Lady at Dinner Party
Ugo De Cesare
as Man at Dinner Party
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13)

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

    Jul 22, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 26, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film, while uneven -- sometimes too on the nose, sometimes anecdotal and diffuse -- is generally absorbing, thanks mostly to the quality of the acting.

    Jun 26, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Touching and sentimental in equal measure, Quiet Chaos exhibits many traits that fans will recognise from Moretti's own films as director, such as Caro Diario (1993) and The Son's Room (2001).

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's subtle stuff with an appealing lack of contrivance and there is something very natural about its resolution.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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