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  • Summary: Marseille in the year 2000 is the backdrop to this story of several characters whose lives overlap and influence one another in both tragic and uplifting ways. (New Yorker Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    90
    Guediguian's seemingly sprawling but in fact quite precise picture takes a while to establish itself, but is eventually rewarding viewing.
  2. You are left with an overall impression of a movie so full of life that it is almost bursting at the seams.
  3. 80
    Leaves you reeling from the force of the humanity it captures and -- in its own gut-wrenching way -- honors.
  4. Intermittently compelling drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Multi-character drama that reveals a vivid cross-section of the city's inhabitants but fails to live up to the director's high ambitions.
  6. 50
    Some of the film's situations and motivations seem convenient or underdeveloped, but Ascaride and Darroussin are riveting, and Guediguian's frankness and empathy illuminate this kaleidoscope of lonely lives.
  7. 40
    The last-minute combination of Greek tragedy and Janis Joplin is so genuinely startling that, had the movie been shorted by a third, it might have turned everything around.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ChadS.
    Nov 14, 2005
    7
    If the mother is going to turn tricks, why doesn't she use that money towards rehab rather than shoot her daughter up with drugs? If the mother is going to turn tricks, why doesn't she use that money towards rehab rather than shoot her daughter up with drugs? Michele(Ariane Ascaride) clearly loves Fiona(Julie-Marie Parmentier) but her judgment is even more haphazard than the mother played by Holly Hunter in "Thirteen". In a film with multiple storylines, equal, or close to equal time should be spent on each narrative. In comparison to the cabbie's and the aforementioned mother with a junkie daughter's story, the music teacher and ex-convict's affair seems hardly there. It's sketchy, as is the narrative of the ultra-right organization, which makes this ambitious film a little more than uneven. Still, "The Town is Quiet" has its moments. Gerard's reason for giving Michele the drugs surprises us when we learn their shared history. And even though Paul(Jean-Pierre Darroussin) was raised by liberal parents, the cab driver takes full advantage of a foreign couple on holiday. Paul is basically a nice guy, which prevents "The Town is Quiet" from the interesting possibility of Paul joining the nationalist movement to avenge his revoked license. This route might've been a more graceful way to intergrate the ultra-conservatives with another story. Expand

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