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Quiet Chaos (2008)

Caos calmo (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 26 June 2009 (USA)
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A look at the strange bereavement behavior of an Italian executive. Based on a novel by Sandro Veronesi.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pietro Paladini
Eleonora Simoncini
Carlo Paladini
Claudia Paladini
Jean Claude
Sara D'Amario ...
Manuela Morabito ...
Maria Grazia
Roberto Nobile ...


Pietro is a successful businessman with a wife and a daughter. One day he helps his brother save two women from drowning at the beach. When he returns home he finds that his wife has died. Now Pietro has to take care of his daughter, Claudia. When he drives her to school soon after, he decides to wait for her all day in front of the school, and soon that's what he does every day. He eats at the nearby café, gets to know the people who come by and follows from afar the fusion developments at work. Pietro's brother expects him to snap out of it, but who will snap first? Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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26 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caos Calmo  »

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$3,190 (USA) (26 June 2009)


$10,060 (USA) (10 July 2009)

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Isabella Ferrari nearly drowned in the first scene of the film. See more »


In the park, Marta throws a water bottle in his shirt Pietro. In the next scene, the shirt is dry. See more »


References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


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Written by Rufus Wainwright (as R. Wainwright)
Performed by Rufus Wainwright
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Clean and with taste.
19 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Nanni Moretti (playing the role of an experienced TV executive) at some point says: "...Take care about Italian cinema? Yes, of course. It's everyone's priority!". It's not the first time that filmmakers mix art and reality and this time the result fits perfectly. "Caos calmo" has a simple but intriguing plot. Most of the movie takes place around a bench in a park but there's nothing surreal (A part probably from a spicy sex scene...) and it never looses rhythm or credibility. If you like Moretti's movies you're gonna love it but you'll be much more interested if you are wishing to see a fresh and sweet'n'sour story. Despite a mournful start (The death of a mother/wife) Grimaldi tries not to show us tears or desperation. We see a huge number of hugs instead and a large amount of children (The bench is in front of a school). We see sunny days and professionals on their break, enforcing the "human" aspect of every character. The film is never raw as it's never too soft. I think that next time Grimaldi should be allowed to push a little bit more in order to find his own mark.

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