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The Town Is Quiet (2000)
"La ville est tranquille" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  17 January 2001 (France)
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A dark tale of working-class life in Marseilles, a city in crisis. Interesting characters include a hard-bitten but compassionate fish market worker with a drug addicted daughter and a ... See full summary »

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Ariane Ascaride ...
Michèle
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Paul
Gérard Meylan ...
Gérard
Jacques Boudet ...
Paul's Father
Christine Brücher ...
Viviane Froment
Jacques Pieiller ...
Yves Froment
Pascale Roberts ...
Paul's Mother
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Fiona
Pierre Banderet ...
Claude
Alexandre Ogou ...
Abderramane
Véronique Balme ...
Ameline
Frédérique Bonnal ...
Mrs. Préférence Nationale
Jacques Germain ...
Mister National Preference
Alain Lenglet ...
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Amar Toulé ...
Momo, Abderramane's brother
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A dark tale of working-class life in Marseilles, a city in crisis. Interesting characters include a hard-bitten but compassionate fish market worker with a drug addicted daughter and a moody bartender with a shocking secret life. Written by Anonymous

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La ciudad está tranquila  »

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$12,142 (USA) (26 October 2001)

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$51,987 (USA) (22 February 2002)
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A slice of life you can care about!
20 August 2001 | by (blackpool, England) – See all my reviews

From the opening shot, a magnificent panoramic panning view of Marseilles, to the completely unexpected ending, I was captivated by this film.

In the majority of gritty realist dramas, I find myself after a while feeling not entirely sympathetic to the characters, but in this one, I really felt for their predicaments, especially Michele and the bar-owner.

The film recorded the characters' actions in a refreshingly non-judgemental way, even the self-inflicted pain they cause and the way the characters use each other for their own ends. It seemed to be saying that this is the way humans act, good and bad,and all of us, including the viewer, are capable of both.

Well-acted and thought-provoking throughout, although uncomfortable viewing at times. I loved the way that after particularly heavy scenes, the director returns us fleetingly to the panoramic view of Marseilles - it put everything in context for me.

Definitely recommended.


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