Quiet Chaos (2009) Behind the camera, the Italian writer-director Nanni Moretti ( The Son's Room ) can be an inspired artist, but as an actor he's annoyingly affectless,… 2009-06-26 PT108M Drama Romance Nanni Moretti Alessandro Gassman Valeria Golino
Movie Review

Quiet Chaos (2009)

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Quiet Chaos
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Jun 26, 2009; Length: 108 minutes; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Nanni Moretti

Behind the camera, the Italian writer-director Nanni Moretti (The Son's Room) can be an 
inspired artist, but as an actor he's annoyingly affectless, like 
a Buster Keaton who has been forbidden to do any stunts. As Pietro in Quiet Chaos, a newly widowed father who opts out of work to spend each day planted in front of his daughter's grade school (ah, those laissez-faire Italian office codes!), Moretti makes this ''study'' in despair a naggingly neutral, at times borderline coy experience. We get the point — Pietro is a man who ''shows'' his grief by showing nothing — but the film forces us to keep getting it, over and over again. C

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Originally posted Jul 22, 2009 Published in issue #1058 Jul 31, 2009 Order article reprints