Quiet City (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Quiet City
Formally impressive but tedious.
In place of Before Sunrise's verbal fireworks, the aptly named Quiet City offers something more like linguistic sparklers -- modest, yes, but charming all the same.
Although the movie is hardly more ambitious than its young protagonists, there's a lot of value in a lazy day. Quiet City knows where to find it.
A talkfest like this is ripe for disaster, but Quiet City succeeds thanks to its two leads, Erin Fisher as Jamie and Cris Lankenau as Charlie. They're attractive and likable, and they hold our interest throughout.
Proof positive that life's mundanities are even more tedious projected onto a movie screen.
Audience Reviews for Quiet City
This is a prime cut in the mumblecore genre. The portrayal of two people who roam NYC and talk about various things seems like a somewhat okay plot. However, what makes it great are the conversations themselves. It's a dialogue driven movie and at times it feels like it's driving it in the right direction. Where it can seem to fail is that it can seem like a bit of a bore to people who are anti-mumblecore or anti-indie film. **Please Note: This movie will not be for everyone. This will probably fit only a few number of people, me being one of them.**
If the purpose of this movie was to reflect the rootlessness and irrelevance of a certain slice of an American generation, it succeeded spectacularly. The only thing that kept me watching to the end (although I did start to nod off a couple of times) was to ascertain that I really was traveling a cinematic road to nowhere. I was.
Couple meet by chance, they talk, go to the park, visit friends, go to an art gallery and then a party. That's all there is to it, plenty of dialogue which keeps the interest as does the interaction of the leads though it still feels forced and not so natural. This may be down to the awkwardness of the characters themselves. Cheap and cheerful it's a very simple film that some would argue shouldn't even be classified as film. It's more like forced realism or an orchestrated documentary. This is what real reality TV would be like if you took away the stupid "plots", manipulative editing and dodgy soundtracks.
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