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A Quiet Life (2010)

Una vita tranquilla (original title)
The story of a man who murdered thirty-two people, gained power, and then got afraid because too many people wanted to kill him. One August morning, he disappeared. For fifteen years, ... See full summary »

Director:

Claudio Cupellini

Writers:

Filippo Gravino (story), Filippo Gravino (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Servillo ... Rosario Russo
Marco D'Amore ... Diego
Francesco Di Leva ... Edoardo
Juliane Köhler ... Renate
Maurizio Donadoni ... Claudio
Alice Dwyer ... Doris
Leonardo Sprengler Leonardo Sprengler ... Mathias
Giovanni Ludeno Giovanni Ludeno ... Enzino
Andreas Wellano Andreas Wellano ... Heinz
Nick Dong-Sik ... Bambu
Daniel Roesner ... Florian
Edoardo Melone Edoardo Melone ... Capelli Corti
Franco Melone Franco Melone ... Giacca di Lana
Hildburg Schmidt Hildburg Schmidt ... Mrs. Bauer
Joachim Kretzer Joachim Kretzer ... Michael Richter
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The story of a man who murdered thirty-two people, gained power, and then got afraid because too many people wanted to kill him. One August morning, he disappeared. For fifteen years, everyone believed him dead. Instead, he was living in a little hotel near Frankfurt, with a wife and a young German son. Then, when the trains filled with waste departed from Naples, the past climbed on board. This is the story of a man who, while trying to kill a chestnut tree with a copper nail, was grabbed from behind by his past. And was forced to settle the score. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Although it's adapted from an original story, the plot is almost identical to David Cronenberg's A History of Violence (2005). See more »

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A quiet life
Music by Teho Teardo
Lyrics by Blixa Bargeld
Performed by Blixa Bargeld in San Francisco, March 2010
Produced and Mixed by Teho Teardo
Courtesy of Universal Music
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Ain't easy to change your life and the life of those you have affected before. Any way out ever?
14 August 2011 | by martinegbSee all my reviews

Saw it with Jet lag, just because it was playing at the right time at the small indie theater next to where I stay in Paris (and I do not know how widely released in the US). Gripping to say the least. After all the bubble gum US movies of this past summer (2011), A Quiet Life came to me as a totally amazing surprise. With no cheap thrill, very little camera effects, the plot progresses so slowly but so intensely, revealing only bit by bit, and often quite subtly and obliquely,layers and layers of deep human drama. About the mafia yes. But about bad choices that seem reversible but... about deep relationship between father(s) and son(s), about estranged brothers, about loyalty, trust, resentment, appearances and deeply ingrained feelings, protection and self protection, and all types of love. The sociological background that raises (again subtly) questions around multi language/cultural environment, border crossing, immigration adds to the already complex psychological web, although I wonder if some of it may not be lost in translation (and in subtitles)-- For me: as deeply moving as the Godfather. Yes.


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Country:

Italy | France | Germany

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Italian | German | Neapolitan | English

Release Date:

5 November 2010 (Italy) See more »

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$2,135,121
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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