Following the unexpected death of her father, a deaf teenager moves in with her godparents, where she discovers the cruel behaviour of their daughter may be indicative of a dark secret within the family.


Jamie Babbit
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisha Cuthbert ... Nina Deer
Camilla Belle ... Dot
Edie Falco ... Olivia Deer
Martin Donovan ... Paul Deer
Shawn Ashmore ... Connor
Katy Mixon ... Michelle Fell
David Gallagher ... Brian
Shannon Woodward ... Fiona
Mj Vandivier Mj Vandivier ... Mrs. Feltswatter (as Marijane Vandivier)
Jo Baker Jo Baker ... Myrna
Steve Uzzell Steve Uzzell ... Mr. Piln
Ken Thomas ... Officer Jim
Rudy Costa Rudy Costa ... Police Officer
Myrna Cabello ... Waitress
Diane Quest Diane Quest ... Newscaster #1


Following the death of her father, a teenage Dot moves into the home of her godparents and their teenage daughter Nina. Dot arrives wrapped up in the silence of being deaf. She finds a different kind of silence waiting for her in her new home, for this home is a place with a dark secret involving Nina and her father. At first, Dot and Nina seem to be polar opposites. However, they gradually realize how much they have in common. Bringing them together catalyzes a series of events in which both reveal their secrets and shed their double lives. A violent consummation almost destroys them. Yet they find hope for the future in the quiet after the storm. Written by Charles Delacroix

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Her family betrayed her trust. Now she's breaking her silence. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and disturbing sexual content, a scene of violence, language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


A scene was filmed, but cut which Paul and Nina are seen lying bed after having sex which Paul is asleep and Nina is still awake after being witnessed by Dot. Footage of the deleted scene was featured in the Script Development and The Cast special features on the DVD. See more »


When Dot and Nina arrive at the dance and Nina leaves to smoke you can see the backpack on Dot's back. When Conner comes up to Dot to talk to her the back pack is gone. In the next shot, it is back. See more »


[first lines]
Dot: All I wanted was to be invisible.
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Written by Johanna Rachel Fateman and Kathleen Hanna
Performed by Le Tigre
Published by Babe Anderson Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Mr. Lady Records
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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Extremely disturbing but a very interesting story
23 February 2007 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

What would you do if you had a friend who supposedly is deaf and cannot speak? Would you confide your darkest secrets? Especially when you have to get it out, but fear being outed? I think in some ways we wish we could all do this since we have so much bottled up inside us, that's why I rented The Quiet, I didn't realize how dark this movie truly was until I saw it with my friend today. This story was so disturbing and horrific in my opinion, even though I'm not sure it's within my tastes, but it actually was a pretty well made movie.

Dot is a deaf teenager who has just been adopted by her godparents, she also cannot speak, she is the outcast at school, and lost her parents at a young age. Nina is the parent's daughter who is very popular and has a very dark secret with her "daddy". When Nina spots Dot playing the piano, Dot has a secret of her own that just might out what is happening in their family.

The Quiet is a very interesting plot that I found to be unique and pretty good. The acting is alright, I was surprised by how well the film worked and how well directed it was. I think the thing is though, it's one of those movies you can only see once, you'll see what I mean, because it touches bases you'd never think where a movie would go, you know? But I think we all need those type of movies every once in a while.


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Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,546, 27 August 2006

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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