Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009)

With Quiet Chaos (Caos Calmo), acclaimed Italian helmer Nanni Moretti steps away from his standard directorial role to essay the lead and co-author the script in a gentle psychological drama directed by Antonello Grimaldi. Moretti stars as… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An understated and thoughtful insight into grief and despair, with a stellar turn from Nanni Moretti.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

[Nanni] Moretti makes this 'study' in despair a naggingly neutral, at times borderline coy experience.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Unfortunately, Quiet Chaos can't help but become heated, and a ridiculous climax sabotages much of the emotional weight.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Grief has rarely felt quite so empty as it does in Quiet Chaos.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Moretti gives his usual excellent performance. But the script throws in too many other elements while it should be concentrating on the father-daughter relationship.

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice

Not even the momentary participation extraordinaire of a vertically challenged famous filmmaker self-exiled from the United States can save this phony pseudo-drama from its final collapse into a heap of inconsequence and male vanity.

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Kent Turner

Quiet Chaos jerkily shifts tones, from oddly comic ... to blunt. And by blunt I mean an indiscreet, in-your-face sex scene that turns the viewer from observer to pervy voyeur.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The film, while uneven -- sometimes too on the nose, sometimes anecdotal and diffuse -- is generally absorbing, thanks mostly to the quality of the acting.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A thoughtful portrait of the purgatory of grief that prefers small incidences and exchanges over grand gestures of sentiment and revelation. It's sad - but never cloying.

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Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine

Grimaldi's sensitive direction, allied to a subtle score by Paolo Buonvino, sharp script and accomplished acting, helps to turn this into an original and complex study of the unpredictability of human foibles and weaknesses.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
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A quiet character study regarding a man dealing with the accidental death of his wife, leaving him to care for their ten year old daughter. Facing uncertainties… More
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I liked it even more than The Son's Room; it's similar in a way, but here it doesn't take so long to show the pain, and it's more original.… More