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The Town Is Quiet (2000)

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Original title: Ville est tranquille, La

Release Date
• USA: Oct 26, 2001
• UK: 19 Oct 2001
DVD Release Date
• R1: Apr 1, 2003

Running Time
2 hours, 13 minutes

Country France

Studio Agat Films, Cie-Diaphana

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• The Town Is Quiet
• La Ville est tranquille

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Genre: Drama, Drugs, Experimental, Psychodrama, Urban, Suspense, Disturbing

Plot: With THE TOWN IS QUIET, French writer-director Robert Guediguian (MARIUS AND JEANNETTE) brings the bustling, culturally diverse landscape of modern Marseilles to startling life. Opening with an extended pan of the Mediterranean city, Guediguian ingeniously prepares the viewer for the sprawling tale that is about to unfold. Gradually, a revolving cast of characters is introduced, including: Michele (Ariane Ascaride), a struggling fish monger who cares for her heroin-addicted daughter, Fiona (Julie-Marie Parmentier); Paul (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), a former dock worker who has turned to driving a taxi; Abderramane (Alexandre Ogou) and Viviane (Christine Brucher), two apparent opposites who form an unlikely relationship; and Gerard (Gerard Meylan), a quiet bar owner with a mysterious connection to Michele. By the time the film builds to its somber, tragic conclusion, each individual is forced to confront his or her current situation, sparking a series of epiphanies that no one will ever forget.

Guediguian's film is the work of a truly gifted storyteller. Juggling at least four major plotlines, he brings his characters together naturally, without ever forcing it. Ascaride, Darroussin, and Meylan are standouts in the superb cast, actors who don't need to speak to convey the hidden

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 Directed by
 Written by
Jean-Louis Milesi
Marie-Jo et ses 2 amours, Charge!, Mon père est ingénieur
Ariane Ascaride
Marius et Jeannette, Drôle de Félix, Brodeuses
Jean-Pierre Darroussin
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Jacques Boudet
Nikita, Farinelli the Castrato, Tanguy
Jacques Pieiller
Temps retrouvé, Le, Trois vies & une seule mort, Généalogies d'un crime
Pascale Roberts
D'Artagnan's Daughter, Marius et Jeannette, The Grand Highway
Julie-Marie Parmentier
Blessures assassines, Les, Marie-Jo et ses 2 amours, Sheitan
Pierre Banderet
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