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Jean-Louis Milesi (scenario and dialogue) &
Robert Guédiguian (scenario and dialogue)
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17 January 2001 (France) See more »
A dark tale of working-class life in Marseilles, a city in crisis. Interesting characters include a... See more » | Add synopsis »
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A far cry from Marcel Pagnol. See more (19 total) »


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Ariane Ascaride ... Michèle

Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Paul
Gérard Meylan ... Gérard
Jacques Boudet ... Paul's Father
Christine Brücher ... Viviane Froment
Jacques Pieiller ... Yves Froment
Pascale Roberts ... Paul's Mother

Julie-Marie Parmentier ... Fiona
Pierre Banderet ... Claude
Alexandre Ogou ... Abderramane
Véronique Balme ... Ameline
Frédérique Bonnal ... Mrs. Préférence Nationale
Jacques Germain ... Mister National Preference
Alain Lenglet ... Piano mover
Amar Toulé ... Momo, Abderramane's brother
Danielle Stefan ... Prostitute
Yann Trégouët ... Young man who provokes Gérard
Farid Ziane ... Farid
Philippe Leroy ... René (participation) (as Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu)
Julien Sevan Papazian ... Young pianist
Emilie Angélini ... Baby 1
Margaux Tartour ... Baby 2
Noé Tellier ... Baby 3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Barris
Patrick Bonnel
Florence Janas
Franck Libert
Fouad Maaskri (as Fouad Masskri)
Maryline Nobili (as Marylin Nobili)
Joan Titus
Christiane Conil ... (uncredited)
Alexandra Langeron ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Guédiguian 
Writing credits
Jean-Louis Milesi (scenario and dialogue) &
Robert Guédiguian (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Bruno Ghariani .... executive producer
Robert Guédiguian .... producer
Michel Saint-Jean .... producer
Gilles Sandoz .... producer
Cinematography by
Bernard Cavalié 
Film Editing by
Bernard Sasia 
Production Design by
Michel Vandestien 
Costume Design by
Catherine Keller 
Makeup Department
Mayté Alonso .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Allieu .... assistant production manager
Bruno Ghariani .... unit manager
Stephane Guarese .... post-production supervisor
Malek Hamzaoui .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carole Guenot .... assistant director
Jacques Reboud .... assistant director
Art Department
Loys Cappatti .... assistant decorator
Karim Hamzaoui .... assistant decorator
Olivier Pace .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... sound effects editor
Vincent Commaret .... sound editor
François Domerc .... boom operator
Laurent Lafran .... sound
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Williams Schmit .... adr mixer
Williams Schmit .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Pierre Olivier Persin .... special effects
Philippe van Herwijnen .... special effects
Catherine Mourlon .... stunts
Patrick Sendjakedine .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurent Didier .... electrician
Mathilde Jaffre .... assistant camera
Marianne Lamour .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chantal Castelli .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Pascale Alibert .... trainee assistant editor
Valérie Meffre .... assistant editor
Lise Roure .... conforming editor

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"La ville est tranquille" - France (original title)
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133 min | Italy:143 min | Argentina:136 min
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A far cry from Marcel Pagnol., 16 March 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

For a lot of cine buffs ,Marseille evokes the Pagnol Trilogy "Marius" ("Marius et Jeanette,get it?) "Cesar" and "Fanny".But be here now.This is 2000,no longer the thirties."La ville est tranquille" is a thoroughly contemporary movie,the despair of which sometimes recalling such works as "Rosetta".

Actually,it recalls in its form,Julien Duvivier's work,his movies made up of sketches particularly "sous le ciel de Paris"(1952) when all the subplots came together in an almost seamless whole.And as for despair

,Duvivier's movies were pessimism flesh on the bone. Guédiguian's story is more realist,more loachesque ,less melodramatic maybe less storybook or lyrical too.But that does not make a great difference:Duvivier and Kenneth Loach are influences every director can be proud of.

The backbone of "la ville est tranquille" (what an euphemism!) is a mother's struggle with her daughter's addiction,filmed with a realism hard to match.This is an absurd fight,because she's alone -she goes as far as prostituting herself to buy drugs-and because she actually helps her daughter in her fall.

But there are a lot of subplots,most of them as absorbing as the main story :sometimes they interfere with it .The taxi driver sequences,for instance ,do not seem to have a lot to do with it,but after a while a strong connection appears.And before the meeting,we already know the character:a man who 's not found a woman who's got what it takes,he's an old bachelor whose father and mother are longing to see him settled down.these parents are the only characters that have got something of Marcel Pagnol,they are definitely people of the past,not only because they are old,but because class struggle which they championed has become a thing of the past:the sequence in the taxi when the driver sings Pottier's "l'Internationale" in several languages is revealing for that matter.

Mini subplots give the movie substance:a meeting with a disquieting far right leader has a strong contemporary feel:"we like the Aliens,but we do prefer the French (of French extraction).Only the bourgeois couple and its sentimental -and intellectual - problems are irrelevant.

spoilers spoilers spoilers "La ville est tranquille" manages to give the audience a good dose of optimism of the opening shots a young boy playing the piano in order to buy one :he's an Alien too and this vision is almost surrealist.At the very end of the movie ,when the audience seems to have lost any hope,a truck brings the piano to the child prodigy who begins to play.Then a crowd (of rejected?) gathers and ,for a while ,forgets all about its burden. end of spoilers

If there had been any doubts ,this movie finally and firmly placed R.Guédiguian among the greatest,most ambitious directors contemporary French cinema has produced.

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