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THE TOWN IS QUIET

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The Town Is Quiet

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
132 minutes
Wide Release Date:
11/09/01
performer:
Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Julie-Marie Parmentier
director:
Robert Guediguian
distributor:
New Yorker
author:
Robert Guediguian, Jean-Louis Milesi
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

The town is Marseille, and in Robert Guédiguian’s epic ensemble downer, it is less quiet than steeped in calamity. A lonely taxi driver (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) forms a liaison with a fish worker (Ariane Ascaride), paying her for backseat quickies; she then uses the money to buy her daughter’s smack. Guédiguian has an instinct for the buried shame of working-class squalor, but his film is inflated with a doom that feels programmatic rather than earned.