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La ville est tranquille (2000)

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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Michèle
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Paul
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Gérard
Jacques Boudet ...
Paul's Father
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Viviane Froment
Jacques Pieiller ...
Yves Froment
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Fiona
Pierre Banderet ...
Claude
Alex Ogou ...
Abderramane (as Alexandre Ogou)
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Ameline
Frédérique Bonnal ...
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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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17 January 2001 (France)  »

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La ciudad está tranquila  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,142, 28 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,987, 24 February 2002
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Very sensitive portrayal of difficult subject matter
27 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

A superb film dealing with some of the sensitive issues in France today. I would recommend this to anyone who has a rose tinted view of la belle vie en France as it does not pull any punches when dealing with social issues faced by many - not just in France but in much of the western world.

I watched this film in it's native French language so I may have missed some of the nuances but nonetheless it had the power to affect me and make me quite painfully aware of the issues shown.

Having visited the beautiful tourist side of Marseilles this film, and seen it as a back drop to this drama, the film presented a side I haven't seen before but could relate to through the careful placing of landmarks. It's a pity that we don't see films like this on British TV too often or at a watchable hour!


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