By Owen Gleiberman
Updated March 17, 2020 at 03:00 AM EDT

The Town Is Quiet

C+
type
  • Movie

Episode Recaps

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.

The Town Is Quiet

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • UNRATED
runtime
  • 132 minutes
director
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