The Town Is Quiet (La Ville est tranquille) Reviews

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December 30, 2006
December 6, 2005
July 21, 2005
May 8, 2004
Too trying and unwieldy to keep my attention.
March 26, 2003
One of the best French films of the year.
December 8, 2002
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.
August 9, 2002
Director Robert Gudiguian, who wrote the script with Jean-Louis Milesi and co-produced his film, delivers a story that's particularly French but also sadly universal.
July 20, 2002
For all of the apparent naturalness on screen, Guediguian's grim vision comes off as far too calculated.
July 13, 2002
This ville is far from tranquille, but the French twist on this emotional powerhouse keeps proceedings meditative as things go into the gutter.
July 9, 2002
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.
June 21, 2002
More successful as sociological argument than as cinematic narrative.
June 21, 2002
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 20, 2002
It's a strong viewing experience but definitely worth the effort.
March 1, 2002
Recommended only if you like it dreary.
March 1, 2002
Bach and Chopin form clear cut patterns that underscore the emotionally depressing film ..., but a better choice would have included the impressionistic Debussy
February 22, 2002
It's a pitiless film, uncompromising in what it shows us.
February 21, 2002
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 16, 2002
Always, one gets the sense that this film is coming from some place real, and terrible.
February 15, 2002
...the film's characters are familiar, real-life people, whose sadness reaches out from the screen.
February 15, 2002
The characters themselves do not really engage us -- they depress us instead of breaking our hearts.
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