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It's All So Quiet Captures Loneliness Almost Too Well

6 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The best you can say for toil is that it can fill up enough of a life that you don't have to spend your days thinking about the things you'd rather not. So it goes in Dutch director Nanouk Leopold's It's All So Quiet, a penetrating slog that, perhaps cleverly, offers viewers the chance to participate in its protagonist's chief endeavor: finding a way to pass the time while waiting for a mean old man to die. To its credit — and perhaps to most viewers' slumping disinterest — this still, observant film stirs exactly the feelings it depicts. It's too bad porn has never achieved such verisimilitude.

The lead is Jeroen Willems, in his final film role, playing Helmer, a small-time farmer whose operation is poised awkwardly between business and hobby. As we watch him »

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