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The Town is Quiet (2001) The town is Marseille, and in Robert Guédiguian's epic ensemble downer, it is less quiet than steeped in calamity. The fish worker (Ariane Ascaride), her… 2001-11-09 Unrated PT132M Drama Ariane Ascaride Jean-Pierre Darroussin Julie-Marie Parmentier New Yorker
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The Town is Quiet (2001)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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The Town Is Quiet | 'TOWN' FOLKS Marseille residents Ascaride and Gerard Meylan try to wrap their heads around all that has happened
'TOWN' FOLKS Marseille residents Ascaride and Gerard Meylan try to wrap their heads around all that has happened
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Nov 09, 2001; Rated: Unrated; Length: 132 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Ariane Ascaride and Jean-Pierre Darroussin; Distributor: New Yorker

The town is Marseille, and in Robert Guédiguian's epic ensemble downer, it is less quiet than steeped in calamity. The fish worker (Ariane Ascaride), her face a pout of misery, toils all night in a smelly factory, then returns to a dingy apartment complex to take care of her junkie prostitute daughter (Julie-Marie Parmentier) and the daughter's squalling infant. The taxi driver (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), who has abandoned his dead-end job on the docks, is so lonely he decorates his living room with porno pinups. He forms a liaison with the fish worker, paying her for backseat quickies, and she then uses the money to buy her daughter's smack. Three murders and one suicide later, The Town Is Quiet ends, having attempted to connect these no-hope lives, and several others, to the decline of the Marseille seaport, the specter of globalization, and the rise of a new xenophobic right wing. It doesn't quite wash. Guédiguian has a telling instinct for the buried shame of working-class squalor, but his film is inflated with a doom that feels programmatic rather than earned.

Originally posted Nov 09, 2001 Published in issue #624 Nov 09, 2001 Order article reprints