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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Nanni Moretti
Blu Yoshimi.
Directors
Antonio Grimaldi.
Screenwriters
Running Time
112 minutes

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Quiet Chaos
The lighter side of grief...


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Plot
A look at the strange bereavement behavior of an Italian executive.


Review
Quiet Chaos

There’s something curious about European films that match Hollywood’s rhythm beat-for-beat, and it’s a sad indictment on English-speaking audiences that we sit there wondering who’ll be in the American version. It’s the fate of Antonio Grimaldi’s film, which casts Italian megastar Nanni Moretti (who also co-wrote the screenplay from Sandro Veronesi’s book) as Pietro, a TV exec who’s suddenly widowed, and finds a strange centredness in his inability to grieve. Beyond subtitles, hints of its Euro-ness are few — child actors who don’t look like movie stars, and a jarring sex scene — but don’t expect anything too profound from this middleweight fare. But it’ll still be better than the remake.


Verdict
Don’t expect anything too profound from this middleweight fare - but it’ll still be better than the inevitable remake.


Reviewed by Sam Toy

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