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Director:
Writers:
Jean-Louis Milesi (scenario and dialogue) &
Robert Guédiguian (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
17 January 2001 (France) See more »
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Plot:
A dark tale of working-class life in Marseilles, a city in crisis. Interesting characters include a... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A Bitter and Pessimist Contemporary Urban Tale in the Land of "Liberté, Equalité, Fraternité" See more (19 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Stunts
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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Also Known As:
"La ville est tranquille" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
133 min | Italy:143 min | Argentina:136 min
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Bitter and Pessimist Contemporary Urban Tale in the Land of "Liberté, Equalité, Fraternité", 18 October 2004
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the contemporary Marseilles, Michèle (Ariane Ascaride) is a worker in the fishing market. She supports her family, composed by her unemployed husband, her addicted daughter Fiona (Julie-Marie Parmentier) and her granddaughter Ameline. Fiona prostitutes to buy drugs. Paul (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) is a stevedore, who betrays his colleagues and the union in a strike and buy a taxi with his indemnity. Gérard (Gérard Meylan) is a mysterious owner of a bar. Abderramane (Alexandre Ogou) is a black man who left jail and has an affair with a bourgeois. The lives of these characters are interconnected along the story. This movie is about ordinary people and touches in serious wounds in most of the worldwide societies, like unemployment, drugs, violence, crime, prostitution, prejudice against immigrants, loneliness, racism, low salaries, corrupts politicians. There is one particular scene that really touched me, when Michèle comments that only books have happy end. The title "The Town is Quiet" is very ironical and unfortunately the plot shows reality. I do not know if Robert Guédiquian wants to give some hope to the viewer, with that boy magnificently playing the piano he has finally bought in the end, but I found the story very bitter and pessimist. The direction and the performance of the cast are outstanding, and the soundtrack is excellent, highlighting Janis Joplin singing 'Summertime' and 'Cry Baby'. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): 'A Cidade Está Tranquila' ("The Town is Quiet")

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