The Town Is Quiet (La Ville est tranquille)
The Town Is Quiet (La Ville est tranquille) (2001)

Set within a working class milieu, the paths of many Marseille locals converge on a journey through the lives and daily struggles of a group of its inhabitants. At the center is Michele, a hardworking fishmonger, who supports an entire… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

For all of the apparent naturalness on screen, Guediguian's grim vision comes off as far too calculated.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Always, one gets the sense that this film is coming from some place real, and terrible.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Too trying and unwieldy to keep my attention.

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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

It's a strong viewing experience but definitely worth the effort.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

...the film's characters are familiar, real-life people, whose sadness reaches out from the screen.

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Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

One of the best French films of the year.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's a pitiless film, uncompromising in what it shows us.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

La ville est tranquille is not depressing, but a sense of sadness permeates the film. As dramatic as it is, Guediguian's point is well taken: this town will remain quiet.

Saul Austerlitz
Film Threat

Strives toward greatness, toward a complete understanding of life in the roiling, unsettled, complex locale they call Marseilles, and its partial success must be applauded.

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