Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
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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 Pietro, a film executive whose life takes an irreversible and devastating turn one fateful morning. During a trip to the beach with his brother, Pietro's path intersects with that of a woman, Eleonora (Isabella Ferrari), who is drowning in the ocean; horrified, Pietro rushes in to save her. He subsequently returns home only to discover that his wife,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Nanni] Moretti makes this 'study' in despair a naggingly neutral, at times borderline coy experience."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Unfortunately, Quiet Chaos can't help but become heated, and a ridiculous climax sabotages much of the emotional weight."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Grief has rarely felt quite so empty as it does in Quiet Chaos."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Quiet Chaos has strength and insight about the experiences that cause us to change direction in life."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Touching and sentimental in equal measure, Quiet Chaos exhibits many traits that fans will recognise from Moretti's own films as director, such as Caro Diario (1993) and The Son's Room (2001)."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
"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."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Ella Taylor, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Some of the plot is implausible, yet the core ideas resonate richly, and the characters' behaviour is psychologically intriguing."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"A respectable and always watchable film about bereavement, well acted and well made."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"The film, while uneven -- sometimes too on the nose, sometimes anecdotal and diffuse -- is generally absorbing, thanks mostly to the quality of the acting."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Richard Mowe, Boxoffice Magazine
"[Moretti delivers] a complex and complete performance..."
‑ Des Partridge, Daily Telegraph (Australia)
"It's subtle stuff with an appealing lack of contrivance and there is something very natural about its resolution."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
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