“A psychological thriller of unusual depth, "A QUIET LIFE" reps a significant leap forward for sophomore helmer Claudio Cupellini
"Lessons in Chocolate"
, revealing a level of stylistic control and narrative force that should catapult him onto the list of Italo directors to watch. A rare international co-production that feels organically right”.
“This tense and resonant family thriller about an Italian who has made a new life for himself in Germany is the best kind of European co-production: one whose story fully justifies the territorial outreach, and one that displays a slickness on all levels, from script to soundtrack, that promises a cross-border return on its cross-border investment. Featuring three standout performances …this is one of those tales that resonates ethically and narratively, mining a seam that leads from Greek tragedy right through to The Godfather and beyond”. It's cut with a breathless rhythm that doesn't let up at moments of apparent calm, and even a seemingly marginal scene in which we see Servillo hammering copper nails into a tree to kill it plays on several levels. It's also good at details – like the way bilingual couples switch languages when talking to each other, according to whether they're trading orders, threats, irony or sweet nothings.”
“Claudio Cupellini shows a remarkably assured hand in his suspenseful sophomore feature. Lead actor Toni Servillo
, who is cranking out good or great films at an incredible rate, is always a guarantee of quality. At home he's a bankable star with both commercial and art film audiences. Internationally, “A Quiet Life” can expect a quietly solid life on art-house circuits. Award-winning composer Teho Teardo's
“Il Divo,” “Gorbaciof”
excellent electronic score is woven seamlessly into the mounting suspense of the film”.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“A QUIET LIFE explores the full spectrum of language of emotions, focusing on individuals and their struggles to hide their vulnerability and true feelings. Expertly played by Servillo, the character of Rosario is full of depth and intrigue; throughout the film he displays the full spectrum of emotions ranging from quiet and humble to ferocious, clinical and calculating. The roles of his son Diego
and Diego's friend Edoardo
Francesco di Leva
are both perfectly cast as the two hot-headed gangster wannabes. Slick, engrossing and intense, A QUIET LIFE is a fine example of the darker side of Italian cinema”.