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: January 17, 2001
DVD 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.

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.

Harry Guerin
RTÉ (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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