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Quiet Chaos (2008)

  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 2,137 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 26 June 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 105 min
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Quiet Chaos (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Quiet Chaos (2008)
  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 2,137 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 26 June 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Filming Location: Rome, Lazio, Italy
  • Gross: $10,060(USA)(12 July 2009)
  • Director: Antonello Grimaldi
  • Stars: Nanni Moretti, Valeria Golino and Isabella Ferrari
  • Original Music By: Paolo Buonvino   
  • Soundtrack: Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Brother | School | Business | Marijuana | Sex

Writing Credits By:

  • Sandro Veronesi (book)
  • Nanni Moretti  writer
  • Laura Paolucci  writer
  • Francesco Piccolo  writer

Known Trivia

  • Kasia Smutniak wears a T-shirt of the last tour of The Who. Director Antonello Grimaldi, a big fan of The Who, bought it at their live concert in summer 2007 at the Arena of Verona.
  • Isabella Ferrari nearly drowned in the first scene of the film.

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: Last scene, when the BMW starts to drive away, the camera is visible in the black car, parking next to the BMW.

Plot: A look at the strange bereavement behavior of an Italian executive. Based on a novel by Sandro Veronesi. Full summary »  »

Story: Pietro is a successful businessman with a wife and a daughter. One day he helps his brother save two women from drowning at the beach. When he returns home he finds that his wife has died. Now Pietro has to take care of his daughter, Claudia. When he drives her to school soon after, he decides to wait for her all day in front of the school, and soon that's what he does every day. He eats at the nearby café, gets to know the people who come by and follows from afar the fusion developments at work. Pietro's brother expects him to snap out of it, but who will snap first?Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Eric Abraham known as executive producer
  • Gianluca Leurini known as line producer
  • Laura Paolucci known as delegate producer
  • Domenico Procacci known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Nanni Moretti known as Pietro Paladini
  • Valeria Golino known as Marta
  • Isabella Ferrari known as Eleonora Simoncini
  • Alessandro Gassman known as Carlo Paladini
  • Blu Di Martino known as Claudia Paladini (as Blu Yoshimi)
  • Hippolyte Girardot known as Jean Claude
  • Kasia Smutniak known as Jolanda
  • Denis Podalydès known as Thierry
  • Charles Berling known as Boesson
  • Silvio Orlando known as Samuele
  • Roman Polanski known as Steiner
  • Sara D'Amico known as Francesca
  • Manuela Morabito known as Maria Grazia
  • Roberto Nobile known as Taramanni
  • Babak Karimi known as Mario
  • Beatrice Bruschi known as Benedetta
  • Stefano Guglielmi known as Matteo
  • Antonella Attili known as Maestra Gloria
  • Tatiana Lepore known as Mamma Matteo
  • Alba Rohrwacher known as Annalisa
  • Sara D'Amario known as Francesca
  • Cloris Brosca known as Psychotherapist
  • Valentina Gaia known as Conference Girl
  • Valentina Carnelutti known as Mamma 1
  • Anna Gigante known as Mamma 2
  • Nestor Saied known as Marito Simoncini
  • Roberta Bruni known as Gymnastic Coach
  • Ugo De Cesare known as Boy at Gaia Dinner
  • Dina Braschi known as Elderly Woman at Gaia Dinner
  • Claudia Alfonso known as Girl at Gaia Dinner
  • Cinzia Bernardini known as Woman at Gaia Dinner
  • Lamberto Antinori known as Man at Gaia Dinner
  • Ester Cavallari known as Lara Paladini
  • Laura Paolucci
  • Francesco Piccolo
  • Riccardo known as Nebbia – cane di Jolanta
  • Manuela Solvey



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Sharin Sabatini known as key hair stylist




Production Companies:

  • Fandango
  • Portobello Pictures
  • Phoenix Film Investments
  • Rai Cinema (collaboration)
  • Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (MiBAC) (support)

Other Companies:

  • Augustus Color  post-production (digital intermediate)
  • New Digital  sound post-production


  • 01 Distribuzione (2008) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Alta Classics (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Bac Films (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2008) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2008) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • IFC Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Kinowelt Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Filmcoopi Zürich (2000) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Imovision (2008) (Brazil) (all media)
  • JinJin Pictures (2008) (South Korea) (all media)
  • KOOL Filmdistribution (2009) (Germany) (all media)
  • Lev Films (2008) (Israel) (all media)
  • Midas Filmes (2008) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (all media)
  • Rosebud (2008) (Greece) (all media)
  • Seville Distribution (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • Twin Pics (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Cinéart – De Collectie)
  • Øst for Paradis (2008) (Denmark) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • M.A.G. Special Effects

Visual Effects by:

  • Andrea Baracca known as digital artist
  • Andrea Baracca known as digital intermediate supervisor
  • Sergio Cremasco known as digital color timing
  • Fabrizio Cucinotta known as scanning and recording
  • Pasquale Di Viccaro known as digital artist
  • Marco Geracitano known as digital compositor: Proxima
  • Giulia Infurna known as lead compositor
  • Lorenzo Moneta known as main titles design
  • Adriano Mulè known as digital compositor
  • Claudio Napoli known as visual effects producer
  • Pietro Orlandi known as compositor
  • Emanuele Pescatori known as lead cgi artist
  • Proxima known as visual effects
  • Marco Ruggieri known as digital conform
  • Kristina Russo known as visual effects
  • Paesani Sara known as compositor
  • Giuseppe Squillaci known as digital intermediate supervisor: Proxima
  • Paolo Zeccara known as visual effects supervisor
  • Marsio Bellizzi known as d.i.editor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Italy 1 February 2008 (Rome) (premiere)
  • Italy 8 February 2008
  • Germany 13 February 2008 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Spain 20 June 2008
  • Israel 31 July 2008
  • Switzerland August 2008 (Locarno Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 28 August 2008
  • Brazil 2 October 2008
  • Belgium 9 October 2008 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • United Arab Emirates 15 October 2008 (Middle East International Film Festival)
  • Poland 16 October 2008 (Warsaw International FilmFest)
  • USA 21 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • Ireland 24 October 2008
  • UK 24 October 2008
  • France November 2008 (Festival de Villerupt)
  • Greece 20 November 2008
  • Belgium 3 December 2008
  • France 10 December 2008
  • Denmark 12 December 2008
  • Portugal 18 December 2008
  • Germany 29 January 2009
  • UK 2 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 11 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hong Kong 26 March 2009 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • Turkey 4 April 2009
  • Australia 21 May 2009
  • USA 22 May 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Austria 19 June 2009
  • USA 26 June 2009
  • Poland 24 July 2009
  • South Korea 27 August 2009
  • Canada 7 October 2009 (Vancouver International Film Festival)
  • Chile 23 June 2011



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. hand-eti from Netherlands
    30 Mar 2012, 9:45 pm

    Nanni Moretti is not playing his neurotic self this time but he isquite convincing as a man who can't deal with his emotions at all. Thegood thing about the movie is that all little story lines keep onspinning around him and seem to go nowhere in the end.

    Just a few things put me off. I don't know if it was necessary to makethe person a top manager. He doesn't seem the type to hold that sort ofposition. And the symbolism of the reversibility of palindromes is abit cheesy and over the top.

    But the thing that really put me down is that one sex scene. There isnothing wrong with it in itself but it does not fit in this movie atall. The whole atmosphere changes, it is as if the movie stops, the sexscene starts, and when it's over the movie starts again. Not convincingat all.

  2. greenylennon from Italy
    30 Mar 2012, 9:45 pm

    Oh, what a pleasant surprise: finally an intelligent Italian movie wonthe box-office battle. Yes, many people went to see the movie becauseof the notorious sex scene between Nanni Moretti and Isabella Ferrari,branded as obscene by the Vatican, but I hope they understood thatbehind the four hot minutes there was a movie, a true, heartfelt movie.The screenplay simplified many aspects of the novel, however they did awonderful job: I prefer the movie to the book, for once, also because Ijust couldn't get on with the book. The Berlin Film Festival didn'tappreciate "Quiet Chaos"; I'm not a professional critic, but I canassure "Quiet Chaos" is a movie full of sensibility, sweetness anddepth, and it doesn't tell the usual, banal and cloying story. NanniMoretti isn't wooden at all; Alessandro Gassman and Isabella Ferrariprove they can act; Alba Rohrwacher, Silvio Orlando and Valeria Golinoare great actors and never disappoint; but the most sparkling star isthe young Blu Yoshimi, with her impressive eyes and smile and hernatural talent. I hope she'll have a bright future. The soundtrackcomments the images beautifully; now I'm desperately seeking"Cigarettes and chocolate milk", by Rufus Wainwright, a magnificentsong that must be part of my play list.

  3. buonanotte from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 9:45 pm

    Nanni Moretti (playing the role of an experienced TV executive) at somepoint says: "…Take care about Italian cinema? Yes, of course. It'severyone's priority!". It's not the first time that filmmakers mix artand reality and this time the result fits perfectly. "Caos calmo" has asimple but intriguing plot. Most of the movie takes place around abench in a park but there's nothing surreal (A part probably from aspicy sex scene…) and it never looses rhythm or credibility. If youlike Moretti's movies you're gonna love it but you'll be much moreinterested if you are wishing to see a fresh and sweet'n'sour story.Despite a mournful start (The death of a mother/wife) Grimaldi triesnot to show us tears or desperation. We see a huge number of hugsinstead and a large amount of children (The bench is in front of aschool). We see sunny days and professionals on their break, enforcingthe "human" aspect of every character. The film is never raw as it'snever too soft. I think that next time Grimaldi should be allowed topush a little bit more in order to find his own mark.

  4. gradyharp from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:45 pm

    Two middle-aged brothers – Pietro (Nanni Moretti) and Carlo (AlessandroGassman) – play ball on the beach when suddenly two women yell for helpwhile in the ocean. The brothers risk their lives to save the twowomen, only to find that the women don't even thank them. When thePaladini brothers drive back to Pietro's home, they discover that intheir absence Pietro's wife has fallen and died. Pietro's 10-year-olddaughter Claudia (Blu Yoshimi) is distraught and asks her father why hewas not at home to save his wife. After a quiet funeral Pietro entersan existence of 'quiet chaos', neglecting his duties as a successfulexecutive, choosing instead to sit on the bench across from Claudia'sschool, waiting each day in numbed silence for his daughter'scompletion of classes in order to drive her home. His only goal,despite various interruptions from passers-by and family members inincidents both humorous and distractingly serious, is to be there forClaudia, visible through her school window, to reassure her of hisconstant presence. How Pietro gradually figures out his grief, theworld, and his place in it, discovering a new relationship withClaudia, forms the story line of this tender film.

    Director Antonello Grimaldi, working with a screenplay adaptation ofSandro Veronesi's book by Veronesi and Nanni Moretti, drawsextraordinary performances from his cast of premiere Italian actors. Inan classroom scene Claudia's teacher is explaining the word'palindrome' (a sequence of units that can be read the same way ineither direction) and shares with her pupils how some things arereversible while other things are irreversible. Grimaldi and hiswriters and actors demonstrate this term as it applies to human eventsin this thoughtful story. The film, in Italian with subtitles, appealsboth to the intellect and to the emotions. It is a little treasure.

    Grady Harp

  5. kosmasp
    30 Mar 2012, 9:45 pm

    Title of the movie that is. There's always bad things happening topeople and I'm pretty sure, that you as a reader have experienced griefand loss in your life. Some talk about the yin and the yang of life(let's just say that I personally do also believe in that … believe).

    The title character is portrayed wonderfully by an apparently popularItalian actor. I've seen him before, but I'm not as aware of hisbiography as other reviewers here. Maybe that makes me more open to hisperformance, I can't say that for sure. But since this is a characterpiece/movie it does help that the main actor is as good as he is. Ofcourse the support cast, does help him a lot too.

    Since this movie is all about feelings, it's only normal that near theend there is an "explosion" of emotion … it's also normal, that someof the female audience members were bedazzled (in a bad way) by thatparticular scene. And the end is just … normal. But then again,that's life for you (and me) …

  6. GeneSiskel (robert.e.olsen@gmail.com) from Washington, DC, United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:45 pm

    With sex and death, the two staples of literature, hulking mostly inthe background, Caos Calmo deals mainly with parenting, by a singlefather no less, and the ties that connect concerned parents and theirchildren. The result is a nuanced, always interesting film about humaninteractions in the semi-sane modern world. I mean it as a complimentwhen I say it is the sort of movie Jane Austen might have scripted hadshe survived to the ripe old age of 233. The film happens to be set inpresent-day Italy so there is a bit of local color for Italophiles, butit could have been set in any modern Western nation. Pietro, asuccessful businessman, confronts the sudden death of his wife as heseeks to ease the transition for his now motherless ten-year-olddaughter. Apparently to show her he is fully there for her, he abandonshis office and waits for his daughter in the piazza outside her schooleach school day. Tutto il mondo comes to that piazza — gossipingmothers, a developmentally challenged boy, Pietro's hot sister-in-lawon the verge of a nervous breakdown, his secretary with papers to sign,his colleagues from the office stewing over the progress of mergernegotiations and what it means to them, a young beauty with a big dogwho needs a hug (the beauty, I mean), even Roman Polanski in a cameoappearance. Over the course of the picture Pietro convincingly worksthrough his feelings about marriage, loss, grief, friendship, family,and desire. The emotional center of Caos Calmo is like a toned down,more serious sitcom, like Seinfeld on downers. As in life, there aresmall mysteries unsolved, but no scene — surely not the much-discussednighttime scene that serves to affirm life — is out of place. The filmworks. Enjoy it.

  7. Roger Burke from Brisbane, Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 9:45 pm

    Chaos is part of the human condition, as is death. Combine those threeaspects in a narrative that explores the grieving process of awell-to-do business man, and you have the basic plot for this film.

    Each of us grieves in our own way but generally in a manner that'swell-known and understood. The man of this story, Pietro Palladini(Nanni Moretti) is different, however, when his wife dies unexpectedly(in the first ten minutes): his attitude is one of apparentindifference. Moreover, his behavior takes another turn when he insistson remaining outside his daughter's school every day, all day, insteadof returning to his highly paid, high-powered position as a seniorexecutive with a company that's infighting a merger with an Americanoutfit. When called by his office, he insists he can do his work in hiscar, or while sitting on a park bench opposite the school…

    That sort of aberrant attitude raises questions and helped this viewerto stay with the story to peel back the layers and find out what'seating Pietro.

    As the widower, Nanni Moretti gives a quietly brooding and pensiveperformance that has an almost di Nero quality. It's contrasted nicelywith Carlo (Alessandro Gassman), Pietro's celebrity brother who is asextroverted as Pietro is the opposite – the veritable chalk and cheese.Between the two is Pietro's daughter (Blu Yoshimi) who also displays amarked lack of affect after the death of her mother. On the peripheryto those three are the women who intrude upon Pietro's solitaryquotidian watch over his daughter's school: Marta (Valeria Gollino),his nervously unstable sister-in-law; Eleonora (Isabella Ferrari), thewoman whom he rescued from drowning in the film's opening sequence; andthe stunningly ravishing Jolanda (Kasia Smutniak), the young woman whoinsists upon walking her dog – and herself – closer to where Pietrosits, with each passing day. As Pietro sits and watches her, his gazetells us he's wandering into fantasy, without a doubt…

    And, from time to time, some of Pietro's colleagues from the officeturn up to discuss office politics and the impending merger – capped, Imight add, with a cameo from Roman Polanski as Steiner, the businessmogul who wants to use Pietro to help with the merger.

    Except for one torrid, animalistic sex scene – simply a cry forconnection between two lonely people – this is a gentle story that'sbeautifully photographed around Rome and Lazio, Italy. The acting,especially from Moretti and Yoshimi, is without fault, I think; andValeria Gollino always gives pleasurable viewing. The soundtrack isadequate; the pacing is in sync with a story that is very much aboutself-analysis and introspection i.e. some might think too slow – butthe editing and direction keep the narrative moving well.

    So, enjoy the views, the music, the shaded park, and the transientvisitors as Pietro comes to terms with his loss. Highly recommended.

  8. chartang from Rome, Italy
    30 Mar 2012, 9:45 pm

    Can't understand all the fuss about this movie. Yes, the photography isbeautiful, but that's about all. Nanni Moretti is very good at playinghimself, as usual, no matter what's the name or the role he is given.It's been said that's a movie about the absence of grief: but even tothat effect the sense of grief should be somehow, somewhere implied,which it is not in the least. The ending is there just because themovie had to be ended, but it could have happened like that at anypoint. There is no change or development. Seemingly adult people talkas if they were permanently immature teenagers and a little girl comesout with a typically adult comment on her pairs. Comments upon life,society, corporations, etc., are a sequel of common places typical oftalk shows. Would be dramatic sequences seem picked out fromfashionable advertising clips and have the same emotional impact. Theoverrated and over-discussed torrid sex scene is just a softerimitation of hard core platitudes. No doubt there was matter for drama,but apparently the author didn't know how to deal with it: may verywell be that, under this viewpoint, the script has been quite truthfulto the Veronesi's novel it's been based on.

  9. junkielee from Prague
    30 Mar 2012, 9:45 pm

    Even only credited as the leading actor and co-writer of the film,actually I think Nanny Moretti is actually the man behind the curtain.Like THE SON'S ROOM (2001), instead of losing the son, this time it'sthe wife's turn, and another prominent change is that in CAOS CALMO theemotional level is subtler, submerged underneath the appearance. Whichin one hand gives some mundane breath, in the other hand is on theverge of being boring.

    At the beginning of the film, Nanny and his brother save two women (oneis Isabella) and later find out that his wife has died of an accident,the coincidence conflicts between life and death is profound and utter,which gives a ridiculously authentic feeling.

    The sex scene between Nanny and Isabella is a little bit awkward as allof us were in dead silence while watching it, Obviously Nanny is notBrad Pitt (maybe he is a little bit older now), or let's say SamWashington (he is a hottie, right?), thus I have to say it is notpretty and rather long, I highly doubt the necessity of its existence,does it signify a way of atonement for his wife?

    P.S. Roman Polanski's cameo is a surprise, the content of what they aretalking inside the car is undistinguished, apparently it helps to begina new journey for the miserable (maybe not) man and his lovelydaughter.


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