Following the death of her father, a teenage Dot moves into the home of her godparents and their teenage daughter Nina. Dot arrives wrapped up in the silence of being deaf-mute. She finds a different kind of silence waiting for her in her new home, for this home is a place with a dark secret involving Nina and her father. At first, Dot and Nina seem to be polar opposites. However, they gradually realize how much they have in common. Bringing them together catalyzes a series of events in which both reveal their secrets and shed their double lives. A violent consummation almost destroys them. Yet they find hope for the future in the quiet after the storm.

Also Known As: The Quiet - Segreti svelati, Dot, Тишината, La calma, The Quiet, Csend, Душа тишины, Un alma en silencio, O Preço do Silêncio, The Quiet - Kannst du ein Geheimnis für dich behalten?, Secretele tacerii, El silencio, O ihos tou tromou, Le silence, W ciszy

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  • kendra-harris
    kendra harris

    This movie is, well, bizarre. If that puts you off a film, stay away from this one. The Quiet explores taboos in a matter-of-fact way that made me surprised it was entirely American in origin, for it could easily have been Le calme, or something along those lines.I suddenly have a great deal of respect for Elisha Cuthbert, who has most certainly grown up, even if she still plays school girls. Cuthbert chose a compelling project to co-produce, and her acting has improved exponentially. Still a stunna.Camilla Belle desperately needs someone to tie her down and attack those brows with a tweezerman, however. It isn’t just the janitor haircut that makes her look so dopey and vacant. Of course, she is otherwise undeniably beautiful, and she continues to choose interesting projects, for which I applaud her. As a Hollywood newcomer, it cannot be easy to do so. Nevertheless, I soon tired of shot after shot of her Frodo-like brooding — at least HE’S got pretty blue eyes.The movie moves at its own pace, and consequently hasn’t done well at the box office. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns of this intelligent though low-budget film. Without giving too much away, I will say that both Nina (Cuthbert) and Dot (Belle) are “daddy’s girl”s in their own dysfunctional ways, and the film is about how they help each other move on. Edie Falco is resplendent, as usual, and Martin Donovan is terrifically normal and creepy at the same time. Also, there are some scenes with Shawn Ashmore that I found absolutely hilarious. As I walked out of the theatre, I was intensely proud that this film was American.

  • emily-payne
    emily payne

    Amazing!!! Why doesn’t the public get how hilarious this film is? It’s the “Heathers” of today but better. It’s dark and smokey. It’s David Lynch, cheerleaders, sour patch kids, incest and diet coke all wrapped into one fantastic package. The casting is genius and Katy Mixon is the greatest comedic find of the year. Where did they find her? Elisha Cuthbert’s never been better and Edie Falco convinces us once again that she is indeed an acting powerhouse. I went to see it two days ago. A quarter of the audience was cracking up while the rest of the crowd was deadly silent. Granted, it might not be for everyone but the brilliance will sneak up on people at some point in the next few years. In the meantime I plan on seeing it at least 2 more times this week. Run Run Run. I’ll meet you at the theater.

  • emily-evans
    emily evans

    A deaf-mute young woman is adopted by a family that is harboring some dark secret. On the surface, the film looks fabulous, but there’s little underneath the surface. Cuthbert is an alluring young actress, as is Belle. Unfortunately, the actress who disrobes in this film is neither of them but Falco (perhaps that’s why it’s classified as a horror movie). The acting is poor pretty much across the board. The script is flimsy and the dialog is embarrassingly bad. Director Babbit is a veteran of television and it shows. The film plays out like a bad after-school special about a taboo subject. The voice-over narration is meant to be touching but is pretentious.

  • nika-kakulia
    nika kakulia

    This is another one of those movies that’s all about how life in suburban America isn’t as perfect as it seems, with cruelty and brutality and degeneracy seething under its placid surface. There must be a lot of filmmakers who had awful suburban childhoods because they keep making this same story over and over again, even though it ceased to original or shocking when Knot’s Landing debuted on TV back in the 1980s. They can still occasionally make a good one, like American Beauty. The Quiet, however, is a fairly lifeless entry into the genre.Dot (Camilla Belle) is a teenage girl whose parents are dead and has ended up in the custody of her godparents. This suburban family has all the requisite pieces. There’s Olivia (Edie Falco), the pill-popping mom. Nina (Elisha Cuthbert) is the hot and bitchy cheerleader daughter. Paul (Martin Donovan) is the enabling dad who has to parent both his manipulative daughter and his drugged-out wife. There’s also Nina’s best friend Michelle (Katy Mixon), who is like a trashier, bitchier version of Nina. Connor (Shawn Ashmore) rounds out the main cast as the standard issue handsome high school athlete.The Quiet does throw three new wrinkles into this set up. The expected love triangle isn’t Nina-Connor-Dot. It’s actually Michelle-Connor-Dot. That’s because Nina is having an incestuous relationship with her father Paul. Oh, and Dot is pretending to be a deaf-mute to whom everyone spills their secrets because they think she can’t hear.You can probably guess how the script of this film goes, with people discovering secrets about other people and then pretending they don’t know them. Dot’s supposed deafness is the excuse for character monologues that are supposed to be provocative but are really quite wooden. Nina and Dot are enemies, then they’re frenemies and then they’re friends. A teddy bear gets his face burned off, Edie Falco walks around topless, somebody dies and the movie peters out after that.The Quiet isn’t a bad movie but it isn’t much of a story. It has the setting and the pieces of a story, yet they never come together in any meaningful way. It never gets much into why Dot is faking being deaf and dumb to isolate herself from the world. Sometimes Nina is a bitch because she’s compensating for her own anger and self-loathing, sometimes Nina is just a bitch and the film never differentiates between the two. Olivia could just have easily been a cardboard cut-out with the words “absent mom” scribbled on it. Paul swings from someone way too passive and well-adjusted to be having sex with his teenage daughter to a violent brute straight out of a woman-in-peril movie on the Lifetime channel. The only intriguing aspect of this script is the relationship between Nina and Michelle. You can see that Nina connects with Michelle, even though she’s a disgusting skank, because Nina feels comfortable being with someone worse than she is.To sum up, The Quiet is one of those independent movies that’s more concerned with being artistic than entertaining. It almost entirely succeeds at not being entertaining. To the same extent, it fails at being artistic. Edie Falco’s also the only one who gets naked in this film, so unless you’ve got a hankering for middle aged boobs, there’s little else here.

  • patrick-michel-berger
    patrick michel berger

    This movie made me sick. The plot was horrible, the characters were horrible, and, worst of all, the dialogue was HORRIBLE. Dot’s “thoughtful” character is really just a cover for the actresses inability to act. Elisha Cuthbert plays an amazing bitch of a teen but her attitude towards her father’s lecherous behavior is sickening. And I can’t believe an amazing actress like Edie Falco would lower herself to being seen in this movie. The dialogue between the characters is filled with lewdness and vulgarity and doesn’t even register as thoughtful of intuitive. It’s predictable and awkward. There’s a scene where the cool-guy-who-falls-in-love-with-the-weird-girl (CLICHE!!) describes in full detail an erection he had. The language used is juvenile but the content isn’t. I’m not sure who the writers of this awful story were trying to communicate with because the subject matter is too mature for teens and the language is too adolescent for adults. This movie was horrible and not worthy of even a straight-to-DVD label. I wouldn’t recommend it to ANYONE.

  • merkushev-ianuarii-valerevich
    merkushev ianuarii valerevich

    ‘The Quiet’ is an ambitious film. An ambitious film that fails. It’s not without some moments of intrigue, but it succeeds mainly at being awkward. It’s so devoid of meaning, that why this film was made in the first place is a bewilderment even to me. Its paper-thin script lets a talented cast fall by the wayside, making fools of themselves with each passing moment. It may keep your attention, but it will leave you in less than memorable fashion.An orphan after her Dad suddenly passes away, Dot is a deaf and mute girl who’s taken in by her godparents, the Deer family. Their teenage daughter, Nina, makes no attempt to hide her contempt, and those at her school make no effort to befriend her. Dot wishes to be nothing but invisible, which becomes difficult when those around her begin to make use of her inability to hear and speak. Connor, the high school basketball star, confides in Dot what he can tell nobody else. And Dot quickly realizes that all is not well inside the Deer family home. The dark comes to light, and Nina begins to suspect Dot is hiding a dark secret of her own.When I think of all the possible routes this film could have taken that at least would have made it more entertaining and memorable, it makes me sad. Instead we’re left with a flimsy story loaded with unintentional humor, and a script which allows for too much in the way of unnecessary and awkward dialogue. It seemingly aims to mix Gothic horror with black comedy, but gets so lost in itself that it’s hard to distinguish between the two. Even with elements of incest and teen sexuality, ‘The Quiet’ is depressingly mundane. Where’s the sizzle? The provocative issues are thrown around so lightly there’s a serious lack of emotional depth. It’s to the point where almost flaw of this slow-moving melodrama can be traced back to its problematic script. Suffice to say, the film’s exceptional production values aren’t enough to carry the film. The cinematography and dimly lit scenes make for an attractive looking film, but ‘The Quiet’ is empty underneath.Worst of all, ‘The Quiet’ boasts a great cast of veterans and stars on-the-rise whose talents are squandered. Camilla Belle, who was previously showcased in ‘When A Stranger Calls’, is clearly a talented young actress. And though her character is deaf and blind, there’s the desire that her character could have been so much more. And, by the way, her narration is some of the most uninspired dialogue I think I’ve ever heard. Elisha Cuthbert (‘House of Wax’, TV’s ’24’) suffers the most of them all, forced to deliver line after line from this cheesy script. She deserves more. Much more. It’s a pleasant surprise to find Edie Falco in this film, but her nude scene is unnecessary, and again does not feel at home in this at all.Marred by inner-conflicts behind the camera, ‘The Quiet’ is a misguided celluloid trainwreck. By taking itself too seriously, its attempt at satire is cold and pointless. And despite the obligatory twists, the average viewer won’t have a problem dissecting this film and figuring it out early on. So is the trend of recent thrillers, which has become an oxymoron in of itself. ‘The Quiet’ left me yearning for just that. Silence, anyone?

  • jessica-mendez
    jessica mendez

    It’s been a long time since Hollywood has given us a guilty pleasure of epic proportions. The Quiet is it, the most bizarre, brazen film I’ve seen in the theater in a long time. Anybody with a dark sense of humor will get that the movie is meant to be funny, sending up our moral conventions and puritanical attitude with its no-holds barred barrage of teen sex and incest. I’ve seen it twice since it came out. The second time I brought a group of friends and we howled at all the quotable lines, many of them delivered by scene-stealer Katy Mixon, who has to be seen to be believed. This is a must-see for anyone with a dark sense of humor.

  • dennis-russo
    dennis russo

    “The Quiet” is a movie I’d been wanting to see early-on when it was first released, but was never shown at any theaters near me. I happened to come across it at a video store on the new release shelf, and remembered wanting to see it earlier, so I rented it, and I wasn’t at all disappointed. The film revolves around Dot (Camilla Belle, “When A Stranger Calls” remake), a deaf and mute teenage girl who goes to live with her godparents, Olivia and Paul Deer (Martin Donovan and Edie Falco), and their teenage daughter Nina (Elisha Cuthbert, “House of Wax” remake). On the surface, the family seems perfect, but the longer Dot is with them, the more and more disturbing things she encounters within the household. Dot becomes a soundboard for the family’s confessions – they can get things off their chest through Dot, but she’ll never be able to tell because she can’t hear to begin with. But Nina reveals a dark and disturbing family secret to Dot, and of her intricate plot to murder her father, and that’s when all hell begins to break loose.Probably one of my favorite movies (non-horror) of this past year, “The Quiet” is a masterfully crafted and amazingly executed thriller that never disappointed me. The story is very well written and believable from the start – I mean, wow, what a great idea! Definite points for the writers behind this film, it was done wonderfully. The subject matter is heavy and beyond disturbing – a semi-revelation in the film is that Nina and her father are in an incestuous relationship, and that he takes advantage of his daughter for sex. Even more disturbing is her revenge plot to murder him, which she confesses to Dot, who is already aware of the relationship between Nina and her father after stumbling in and seeing it happen one night. But as the film progresses, there are clues scattered throughout leading us to believe that Dot may actually be able to hear everything that she is being told in secrecy, and Nina herself is suspicious of it. Can Dot really hear? Can she speak? Well, I’ll just leave that out in the open, go see the movie and find out for yourself. The character development in this film is very strong, and the characters themselves are very well-molded and believable, along with all of their dialog and interactions. Leading the cast is Elisha Cuthbert as Nina, and she plays the troubled character excellently. She dangles between being an unforgiving, ignorant teenager, and a very troubled little girl who doesn’t even realize how she feels about the disturbing situation she’s in. Camilla Belle proves herself in this role as the innocent Dot, after giving a mediocre performance in “When A Stranger Calls” – although her character is mute (?) and she mostly relies on facial expressions and body language, she plays her role excellently. Martin Donovan is also wonderful in his depiction of a very unstable man who is practically raping his daughter and doesn’t really realize why he does so himself – he doesn’t play the character as a monster, but he’s also not a sympathetic character. And Edie Falco plays the mother of the family, who is hopped up on painkillers throughout half of the movie. She’s aware that everything in her household is not all well, and refuses to acknowledge the truth, and she plays her role well also.The shocker of a conclusion was dramatic and disturbing, and wasn’t even close to what I was expecting – very well done and an excellent way to switch gears in the story. I was surprised with the way it all turned out, but I was also pleased with it. The film manages to conclude on a peaceful note as everything begins to come down to a normal level of tensity, and I was happy with the way the story was concluded.Overall, “The Quiet” is a wonderful drama/thriller that really deserves some more recognition. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen, that’s how engaging it was. Beware those who see it though, because it deals with some very disturbing issues that you wouldn’t see in any Hollywood-produced production. For those of you who can handle the subject matter, get ready to view a wonderfully-crafted and amazingly executed movie. 9/10.

  • vanessa-zamora
    vanessa zamora

    “The Quiet” has decent acting, a decent storyline (although the twist is such a cliché’), but the film reminds us of other films at times (“American Beauty,” “Swimfan,” even “Mean Girls”). Elisha Cuthbert is perfect as the primadonna cheerleader (and plays the part a little TOO well). Martin Donovan is good as the incest-obsessed sick father and Edie Falco was almost unrecognizable as the pill-popping, loopy mother. I found Camilla Belle a little mis-casted though. She was good at times, but I did not buy how Shawn Ashmore magically had the hots for her. A popular jock in high school and a supposed deaf girl? Right! I know high school has changed a little since I’ve been there, but there are still social cliques and standards in which to follow. I just didn’t buy how they were at the diner together or even having sex on the pool deck. And that stoned-cow look from her was annoying at times (especially since 1/2 of the film is in extreme close-up). The daddy’s little girl scenes were hard to watch even though there was no nudity, and good tension was created because of that. I even found Cuthbert’s reaction plausible after her dad is killed: even though she knows that what he does is sick and wrong and she wants to kill him because of it, he is also the only father-figure that she knows. And when she cried, I felt a fleeting haunt from it.Camilla Belle’s lethargic reactions made this film super slow at times, and then there were less believable events peppered throughout which made the film suffer even more. I was not sure if there was a love/hate lesbian relationship evolving between Cuthbert and Belle by the end, but I think the pass that Cuthbert’s friend Michelle made with her earlier in the film was supposed to be a precursor to it. Even though there are occasionally poignant moments, this film unfortunately is forgettable. Especially if you did not like “American Beauty.”

  • stacie-obrien
    stacie obrien

    This one’s got me stumped. I hate to think in categorical terms — it’s so lazy — but either I didn’t get the message here or else there’s no message to get.Teen-aged Camilla Belle pretends to be a deaf mute and moves in with her godparents, Martin Donovan and Edie Falco. They have a daughter, Elisha Cuthbert, who is a high-school sexpot with long blond hair, a cheerleader to boot. Belle, I gather, has opted for elective mutism because she has been disillusioned and wants to build a protective wall between herself and others. It doesn’t work.She discovers that the ordinary family she was looking for is, in fact, all screwed up. Let’s see. Dope addiction, incest, fake pregnancies, bitter jealousies, smoking, boozing, unwarranted cruelty, attention deficit disorder, Sturm und Drang, and losing a high-school basketball game — the usual stuff of daytime dramas.Camilla Belle is not unattractive and one doubts that in real life she needs to be so shy and guarded, but it doesn’t help that in this film she mopes around looking dour. Before her first dance at the high school, Elisha Cuthbert chides her for dressing like a janitor. And, earlier, pretending to enhance Belle’s appearance, she applies some lipstick and we see what Camilla doesn’t immediately see — that it’s smeared all over her lips so she looks like a parody of a whore. Belle’s saving grace is that she plays Beethoven once in a while on the piano. The same piano from which she removes a broken wire in order to garrote her godfather.Martin Donovan as the incestuous and jealous father has a face with the appeal of a russet potato and a voice to match. Oh, he’s a villain alright, but it’s hard not to see why he’s been boffing his own daughter. Cuthbert may be forbidden fruit but, after all, she bounces about the house sporting a bosom of considerable authority and she’s constantly glamorizing herself, on top of which she’s been seducing the whole basketball team and using the f word all over the place. And when her Dad makes love to her, she doesn’t seem to particularly mind it. Like many sexual partners, she doesn’t seem to care much one way or the other. As she confesses to Belle, she hates it when her father makes love to her — but she loves it too. As far as we can tell, she never tells her father to get lost. Instead, she claims to be pregnant and milks him out of a thousand dollars in cash.But why go on with the plot when it all adds up to nothing much more than a series of incidents designed to tell us that loving is feigning and friendship mere folly. The movie’s not only quiet. It’s positively dark.It really IS dark! There must have been at least one scene shot outdoors in sunshine but I don’t remember it. The direction is melancholy but efficient. There is only one nod to the cheap slasher movie genre. Cuthbert, ironing the skirt of her cheerleader’s uniform, has gulled her dad into coming to her room for a bout of incest. She tells her father than she has a surprise for him and he should close his eyes. Then there are multiple cuts between Dad’s placid and uninteresting face and Cuthbert’s steaming iron as she lifts it and brings it closer and closer to his face. The viewer waits for poor Donovan to get the kind of surprise that really comes as a surprise when — suddenly — they are interrupted by a sound coming from elsewhere. Gosh. And I was waiting with such eagerness to see if ironing Donovan’s face would alter it in any way.I don’t know what the ending was all about. Here is Dad’s garroted body lying on the bedroom floor and Edie Falco as his dissolute wife sitting near it and looking a little gloomy. She finally calls the police and tells them that she did it during an argument. Is she so doped up that she doesn’t remember what happened? Is she doing it because she feels guilty about not having protected her daughter? Guilty for something else? Nobody knows and the writers don’t seem to care.The final shot has Belle and Cuthbert seated at the piano, with the former teaching the latter how to play Beethoven. Belle’s narration tells us that you can’t shut other people out because, although you might not be able to deal with them, they always know you’re there. It’s a new take on an old message. Not only can’t you run away from yourself — you can’t run away from others either. Truer words were never spoken.

  • cynthia-perez
    cynthia perez

    There’s no question that the IMDb page for The Quiet has been clicked on a lot. I’m sure several guys in the 18-29 demographic have clicked on it while viewing Elisha Cuthbert’s filmography and thought, “what is this?” A better question would be, why didn’t this get a bigger release? After all, Cuthbert has become one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars in the past few years, making it easy for a good marketing campaign. Unfortunately, The Quiet is yet another great movie that was virtually dumped by its distributor, given no chance to succeed.Shot in 2004, The Quiet is director Jamie Babbit’s second feature following 1999’s well-made satire But I’m a Cheerleader. The main character in Babbit’s follow-up is also a cheerleader: 17-year-old Nina Deer (Elisha Cuthbert) is the daughter of an architect father (Martin Donovan) and a pill-addicted mother (Edie Falco). They have recently adopted Dot (Camilla Belle), a deaf 16-year-old who unlike Nina, doesn’t fit in at school. While the plot at first sounds like an American Beauty knock-off, without giving away spoilers, it goes in a very different and braver direction than that film did. As with American Beauty, however, the performances are flawless with Cuthbert and Belle giving two of the most real portrayals of high school students I’ve seen in years.Even with the excellent cast, The Quiet could have run the risk of being an all-out sleaze-fest thriller like Wild Things, but Jamie Babbit manages to keep everything tonally right, giving just the right balance of drama, mystery, and suspense. Although some have complained that the twist in the end is obvious, I personally never saw it coming and I can normally spot plot twists an hour before they happen. In fact, the only complaint to be had with The Quiet is with the constant use of voice-over. While voice-over was appropriate for the picture, it was used too often and dampened its effect. Even with that fault, The Quiet is still a powerful and unexpected surprise that deserved better. 9/10

  • andrew-lawson
    andrew lawson

    I feel most lucky this film has come to Europe thanks to DVD. I am a big fan of the show 24 and have long loved Elisha Cuthbert who doesn’t play in many movies, certainly not serious ones. This is more ambitious than I was expecting from her, a very serious film indeed. Her acting is top-notch, as is the rest of the cast, who play their parts with humor and tragedy combined. Not an easy thing to do. The film shows a dark side of America and one that needs to be seen. The image of the perfect family is shattered here. The father is sick, the mother is a drug addict, the daughter cannot escape her secrets. It might sound like too much, and yet I believed every moment because I have heard about so many families like this one, who fall under the facade of their image. Yes, this reflects a world that exists and so it’s an important movie. It’s very nice to see young girls who are not silly and pleasing boys all the time. Bravo.

  • bruno-gierak
    bruno gierak

    When Jailbait opened a few weeks ago, I thought that was the most disturbing thing I’d ever seen on film – a young guy in prison getting butt raped by his cellmate every day, for the next 25 years of his life. The Quiet is even more shocking and traumatizing. The first film from U.T.’s Burnt Orange Productions to get national distribution, The Quiet is about a young deaf girl named Dot (Camilla Belle) who moves into a foster home where the father (Martin Donovan) rapes his 16-year-old daughter (Elisha Cuthbert) on a nightly basis, while the mom (Edie Falco) lies in bed, passed out on prescription pain killers. If I were a young film student at U.T. working on this crew, I don’t know how I’d tell my parents about the project I was working on for school (“Hey dad, I’m working on this movie about an incestuous father…”). It really is well done. It’s so painful to watch precisely because the acting and dialogue are so believable. Cuthbert’s character is tortured, but doesn’t even realize it. She acts like she enjoys having sex with her father, when clearly it’s rape. She flirts with him one minute and talks about killing him the next. The reason though, that this is more disturbing than Jailbait is because we actually see the father and daughter having sex. We see them in bed, kissing, and him mounting her. Now there’s something you don’t see on screen every day (thank god!). When the daughter announces that she’s pregnant, The Quiet quickly rises to a whole new level of shock and disgust. Overall, it’s a well-done production, but you can be sure this is a movie I’m not buying on DVD.

  • bradley-lopez
    bradley lopez

    The deaf and dumb teenager Dot (Camilla Belle) is adopted by the Deer family after the death of her father in an accident, and her seventeen year-old stepsister Nina (Elisha Cuthbert) gives a cold treatment to her, humiliating Dot in the high-school and at home. Nina’s mother Olivia (Edie Falco), who is addicted in pills, was a close friend of Dot’s mother and her husband Paul (Martin Donovan) is a successful architect. While living with the Deers, the invisible Nina discovers that they are actually a dysfunctional family with a dark secret that approaches her to Nina that also has discovered that Dot has a hidden secret.The classy and erotic “The Quiet” was a great surprise for me, with a dense and solid drama about an unpleasant theme – incest – that is unusual in American movies. Camilla Belle, Elisha Cuthbert, Martin Donovan and Edie Falco give top-notch performances, and the talented actress and pianist Camilla Belle is responsible for part of the stylish music score, playing Beethoven on the piano. The powerful story about invisibility and secrets may be controversial or polemic for many viewers, disturbing for others, but never disappointing. My vote is eight.Title (Brazil): “O Preço do Silêncio” (“The Price of the Silence”)

  • iish-daadaa
    iish daadaa

    This movie is very “Quiet” and eerie. I personally think this was a terrific movie. Elisha Cuthbert played the perfect stuck-up cheerleader type. I can’t really explain why this movie was so good. I really, really liked the plot. And the dialogue was excellent as well. I had been looking forward to seeing it for a while, and it just opened this weekend where I live. I must say I was definitely not disappointed. When I went to see it their were only two other people in the theater other than me and my girlfriend. That was very disappointing considering just how good this movie. I highly recommend this movie to everyone. It has a very good plot and a very good script. I don’t really want to give away anything that is going to be in the movie because that would just ruin it for anyone going to see it. It is just a very well put together movie with an eerie feel throughout the entire thing. Please everyone go see this movie, you will not be disappointed.

  • gimsunog

    the reason why I think it was worth 10 is story was great, you follow the persons i there every day life at school and home, the reason for there behavior and the reason for what person they have become slowly come’s together at the end. Each scene tell’s so much, Nina are struggling keep a balance in her life and never get’s a chance, her mother has given up and deal with her life trough drugs and Dot who pretend that’s she doesn’t now what’s going on. I had that feeling at the end that I wish it could go on and never stop. Elisha Cuthbert and Camilla Belle play excellent an is a pure joy to watch and they a well supported the rest of the cast.

  • manuel-juarez
    manuel juarez

    I saw this movie on opening night with a group of my girlfriends. We were divided on it. A few felt it took itself too seriously. Others, myself included, felt its consistent tone of bleak bewilderment was the source of its humor. Our diverging opinions made me feel that the movie is a true work of art. Most movies manipulate our emotions telling us to laugh, cry, or be scared. Here’s a movie that demands so much of its viewer and elicits different reactions in each. For my money though, the whole thing is a satire and everyone is in on the joke. How else to explain the inclusion of the ingenious Katy Mixon as Barbarella in high school? Or Edie Falco’s wild eye-rolling turn as a druggie? A friend just alerted me to this amazing You Tube page. Just type in “The Quieter” and you’ll see what I mean. For those who appreciated the movie as much as I did, it’s icing on the cake. Here’s the link:http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=Zekeness

  • melissa-dalton
    melissa dalton

    The Quiet (Toronto Film Festival Cut) Mr. Black’s Grade: B Starring Edie Falco, Elisha Cuthbert, and Shawn Ashmore.Directed by Jamie Babbit, who is apparently known for lighter TV fare. She has thrown that out the window with The Quiet. Dot (Camilla Belle), a deaf orphan girl, is sent to live with a wholesome foster family, but soon realizes all is not cop-acetic.Something about this film really hit me. It is a very dark and adult tale set in any town USA. You would find me to be a quiet guy generally, and I like to listen to folks have to say. When you pay attention, people will tell you the most amazing things. ‘Dot’ certainly goes through that in this film. This is a story about teenagers, and it is appealing that they act that way, saying stupid things and not being ‘wise’ beyond their years.The film captured High School for me to a tee, and featured nice pacing and a better than expected performance from the ever-so-lovely Elisha Cuthbert. Some folks may get completely turned off by the subject material, since this is very dark, depressing and very adult material. But for some reason the ‘Dot’ character really got me…

  • kleoboulos-katsabos
    kleoboulos katsabos

    shhhhh! a good movie….The Quiet: sony classics 2006 color 91 mins. Drama Elisa Cuthbert, Camilla Belle, Edie Falco, Martin Donovan, Shawn Ashmore, David Gallagher and Katy Mixon star. Written by Abie Nazimian Directed by Jamie Babit Rated R for strong language, violence and sexuality.The Quiet is an interesting little film. It’s not very mainstream but doesn’t feel completely indie. It’s an ambitious project but has some awkward moments. Camilla Belle of When a stranger Calls stars as as Dot a deaf girl whose been adopted by her god parents after her fathers untimely death. She’s quiet, keeps to herself and is often teased by the popular kids. Queen of the popular kids is Nina played surprisingly well by Elisa Cuthbert of House of Wax. In addition to being the head cheerleader, Nina is a supposed virgin with a raunchy attitude who is daughter to the family that has adopted Dot. On one sleepless night Dot enters the hallway and discovers that Nina is being sexually molested by her father. When Nina learns of her discovery she taunts Dot by telling her she is going to murder her father and that if she can hear her she would be considered an accomplice. Can Dot hear? Can she speak? What the quiet brings to the table is frankness of it’s subject matter. Which is pretty touchy. None of the characters are completely likable but their seemingly realistic. Nina loves her father, and loves him when she engages in sexual situations with him. She even uses those situations to her advantage when receiving gifts and ignoring kurfews. But make no mistake about it, she is angry and what he’s doing is making her disturbed. She hates him and loves him at the same time. Her actions are irrational as they should be of a girl her age enduring what she goes through. It brings about a level of confusion that has never been explored in this specific way. Enter Dot Nina’s polar opposite she’s not popular, she’s quiet and seemingly has little to no personality. But the girls share a deep rooted pain Dot has lost her father, after losing her mother to cancer. And Nina lost her father along time ago and too some degree blames everyone around her for it. His actions only instigate her depression further when it comes to a question of murder. Edie Falco of Freedomland stars as Nina’s mother a depressed woman taking way too much medication but seemingly knows whats going on. Martin Donovan of Saved stars as Nina’s perverse father, Sexy Shawn Ashmore of X-men stars as Connor the virginal school jock whom has a secret crush on Dot and Katy Mixon fills out the cast as Nina’s annoyingly cynical best friend. But what the quiet is about is these two girls. Nina and Dot are performed exceptionally by Camilla Belle and especially Elisa Cuthbert. The direction is decent and the film is nicely paced with tidbits of suspense thrown in but never fully executed so it can become a USA type thriller. But the films ultimate presence is a bit confused it wants to be indie but seems ultimately mainstream. It’s subject matter and performances suggest a film of deeper impact but instead are settled upon by just being a good flick. Either way this film should be seen and not taken lightly. As mainstream as it is the film offers an original point of view on a disturbing situation.

  • tariel-kac-itaze
    tariel kac itaze

    What would you do if you had a friend who supposedly is deaf and cannot speak? Would you confide your darkest secrets? Especially when you have to get it out, but fear being outed? I think in some ways we wish we could all do this since we have so much bottled up inside us, that’s why I rented The Quiet, I didn’t realize how dark this movie truly was until I saw it with my friend today. This story was so disturbing and horrific in my opinion, even though I’m not sure it’s within my tastes, but it actually was a pretty well made movie.Dot is a deaf teenager who has just been adopted by her godparents, she also cannot speak, she is the outcast at school, and lost her parents at a young age. Nina is the parent’s daughter who is very popular and has a very dark secret with her “daddy”. When Nina spots Dot playing the piano, Dot has a secret of her own that just might out what is happening in their family.The Quiet is a very interesting plot that I found to be unique and pretty good. The acting is alright, I was surprised by how well the film worked and how well directed it was. I think the thing is though, it’s one of those movies you can only see once, you’ll see what I mean, because it touches bases you’d never think where a movie would go, you know? But I think we all need those type of movies every once in a while.7/10

  • elizabeth-green
    elizabeth green

    Go watch “The Quiet”! Quickly! I can’t get over what a good film it is – what a surprise! After watching The Quiet, I checked out its many awful critic reviews, then looked at it on the good old IMDb. Another surprise – it pretty much has nothing but raving user reviews – the People have spoken. I’m inclined to agree, as I picked the film up because I heard it was a thriller about normal people’s dark, guilty secrets, which is always fun! I didn’t really know much about the actual plot, and so, late last night, when I bunged it on the DVD with the idea of watching ten or so minutes before bed, I found that I couldn’t stop watching it. I felt *compelled* to watch, even when the film was plumbing it’s darkest depths and I was hanging over the edge of my seat feeling at my most unsettled and muttering to myself things like “mad” and “off key”. If you don’t already know what happens, I assure you, you will be completely surprised. The subject matter is one of those ones that some people think should never be dramatised, and it definitely *does* leave you unsettled (catch the scene where Nina confides her plan to Dot in the cafeteria – disturbing!), but I would say it will stick in my head, as apart from the twists, and the intense construction of suspense, the characters, who all start out as unsympathetic, go through such brilliantly contrived arcs, that you find yourself empathising with even the most evil. The two main characters are wicked – Elisha Cuthbert from 24 packs a stirring punch as the popular cheerleader from Hell with an unbelievable dark side and a complex set of issues, while Camille Bell puts in a career topping turn as not-so-deaf Dot, keeper of everyone’s secrets – and work really well together. You also may find yourself laughing nervously a certain points and feeling bad for doing so, but that just means that the makers have provoked a reaction… Basically, I totally got more than I expected and I would recommend The Quiet to most people as shocking but compelling viewing! But, *don’t* watch if you can’t stand a film that makes you a bit uncomfortable, or one that makes you feel kinda guilty for liking it!

  • jared-martinez
    jared martinez

    This film is very different from everything else out there, which is one reason why it has gotten so much attention here on IMDb. Some love it, some hate it, just like every movie. The subject matter is not the most appealing to the public, but I think that it gives the movie character. Looking back I can see many of the things that should have been changed, but the movie is a break out. A different type of movie, it is so different than everything else out there. It is original, and out-there.When watching this film you MUST be open-minded. Do not look at any of the negative reviews and watch the movie fresh of mind. If you know everything that is going to happen it makes it less entertaining too. If you have no clue what the movie was about I think it also gives it that much more of a sharper edge.

  • rachel-wheeler
    rachel wheeler

    I just saw this movie last night. And haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I liked it so much – and at so many levels – I hardly know where to begin.First, there’s the darkness. Quiet, and not-so-quiet, darkness is everywhere in so many ways. This is neo-noir at its best.Then there’s the humor. Frankly, I didn’t realize how much humor there was until I had read the other comments on this movie. While watching the movie I kept catching myself letting out a chuckle at the oddest times, or so I thought: but then I realized others around me were laughing at the same times; and, like me, sort of catching ourselves: all the laughter was quick, disturbed laughter. Still, the other commentators are right: humor is definitely an important and surprising feature of this movie. Very dark humor, very quirky and ironic humor, but humor sprinkled (if that’s the word) throughout the rough texture of this movie.The subject matter was handled superbly in my opinion. Sexual abuse is always disturbing matter. I kept thinking of comparisons between this movie and “Hard Candy” and “The Woodsman.” regarding how this very challenging material is depicted. In “The Quiet,” The attention to the “systems” dynamics of abuse was very disturbing, but very realistic. Nina’s ambivalence about her incestuous relationship with her father; her manipulation of him; her dreams of bloody revenge; her myriad ways of “coping” with the ongoing horror that both horrifies her (and us) and is so much a part of her life that it’s just ‘the way things are” to her in so many ways. Her father’s interactions with her are thoroughly realistic. And so is the whole world of Nina’s mother. “Hard Candy” and “The Woodsman” in their ways also confront the complex dynamic of sexual abuse. However, for depth and breadth in depicting these dynamics, I really think “The Quiet” comes out clearly superior to the other two movies, as fine as they are.In addition, “The Quiet” sets side by side two very different – and yet so very alike – forms of young trauma. Nina is traumatized by her father’s presence: sexually abusive, emotionally entrapping, overwhelming and enveloping her world so much that she seeks all around her opportunities to break out and escape. Dot, in contrast, is traumatized by her father’s absence: dead, stripped from her with a suddenness and finality that leaves her utterly unreconciled to his demise; reduced to ash that she dabs on her tongue but cannot taste. Nina and Dot are both ambivalent in so many ways. Both blame themselves in regard to their fathers; both love their fathers; and miss their fathers; and both share so much more than is at all apparent at the beginning of the movie.The acting was just wonderful throughout. The lovely Elisha Cuthbert is utterly convincing as Nina. Camilla Belle depicts Dot with a sensitivity and darkness and vivid colorlessness that is both appealing and repelling. Martin Donovan as Nina’s father, and Edie Falco as Nina’s mother, are frankly to me simply perfect in their roles.The depiction of high school life has been endorsed for its realism by high schoolers both in the Comments and on the Message Board. Certainly it comes across not only as a realistic teen world, but as a kind of identity-defining context that attracts and repels and amuses, all at once.All in all, “The Quiet” is to me a superb combination of neo-noir darkness, quirky humor, and deep, disturbing exploration of the dynamics of trauma and sexual abuse. I think I’ll try to see it again before it goes out of the theatres.I feel deeply grateful for this movie, and for all who were involved in making it a reality. It’s not often I find myself drawn back to see a movie like this again and again. Thanks, folks!

  • nancy-gregory
    nancy gregory

    This film receives a 10 for disturbing subject matter. It is at times very difficult to watch. The characters are troubled, each in his/her own way. It feels edgy and often very foreign. With that warning, I must say that on some level I enjoyed the film. Technically it is superb. The character development is wonderful, the story intriguing and the plot is gripping. As the plot unfolds, you are forced to change your opinions about each of the characters. At first I despised the main character but felt much sympathy for her towards the end. Not an uplifting film, but that is certainly not what the screenwriter nor the director intended. I suspect that it will be an award winner.

  • travis-singh
    travis singh

    I walked into this movie thinking it would suck based on reviews. I was surprised that it actually was interesting and provocative. I think some people might have trouble handling the subject matter and the fact that it’s treated with equal parts seriousness and humor. But uncomfortable laughter to me is the sign of a movie that actually pushes some of our buttons and that’s a good thing. The cast here is wonderful, in particular Elisha Cuthbert, who proves she can act and Katy Mixon, who nails the bitchy teen banter that can be so typical in other movies. The direction is heavy handed at times but the humor does a good job of undercutting the heavy atmopshere. The ending does have some problems which I won’t post here since I don’t want to give anything away, but overall I think any movie that manages to be this disturbing is worth a look. I suspect this film will be re-evaluated when its time has come.