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The Town Is Quiet (2000)

La ville est tranquille (original title)
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 »

Director:

Robert Guédiguian

Writers:

Jean-Louis Milesi (scenario and dialogue), Robert Guédiguian (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariane Ascaride ... Michèle
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Paul
Gérard Meylan ... Gérard
Jacques Boudet ... Paul's Father
Christine Brücher Christine Brücher ... Viviane Froment
Jacques Pieiller Jacques Pieiller ... Yves Froment
Pascale Roberts ... Paul's Mother
Julie-Marie Parmentier ... Fiona
Pierre Banderet Pierre Banderet ... Claude
Alex Ogou Alex Ogou ... Abderramane (as Alexandre Ogou)
Véronique Balme Véronique Balme ... Ameline
Frédérique Bonnal Frédérique Bonnal ... Mrs. Préférence Nationale
Jacques Germain Jacques Germain ... Mister National Preference
Alain Lenglet Alain Lenglet ... Piano mover
Amar Toulé 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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France

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Release Date:

17 January 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La ciudad está tranquila See more »

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Gross USA:

$66,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,303
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Anticapitalism and Drama
10 May 2002 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

One is used to British director's Leach and Loach concerning furious films about the working class, but Robert Guédiguian beats them. Not that his fury is lesser, but it's more quiet and therefore maybe more effective. This is about Marseille working class, drawn down in every aspect because of the globalization and a capitalism which is stronger and more destructive than for many decades. Even the conventional left-wing politicians seem to have abdicated completely and that is why Le Pen is very popular among these people. If you see this movie you indeed might understand why.

Beside the critic of capitalism and especially it's maybe most disgusting form, the drug trade, there is also drama here. You get really engaged in ten people's life and the people are not uncomplicated, "although" they are working class. The acting is marvelous, especially from Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Gérard Meylan.

See this one. It's almost a masterpiece


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