Advertisement

The Town Is Quiet

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.

The Town Is Quiet
type
  • Movie
mpaa
runtime
  • 132 minutes
director

Comments