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A Quiet Life (2010)

Una vita tranquilla (original title)
The story of a man who murdered thirty-two people, gained power, and then got afraid because too many people wanted to kill him. One August morning, he disappeared. For fifteen years, ... See full summary »

Director:

Claudio Cupellini

Writers:

Filippo Gravino (story), Filippo Gravino (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Servillo ... Rosario Russo
Marco D'Amore ... Diego
Francesco Di Leva ... Edoardo
Juliane Köhler ... Renate
Maurizio Donadoni ... Claudio
Alice Dwyer ... Doris
Leonardo Sprengler Leonardo Sprengler ... Mathias
Giovanni Ludeno Giovanni Ludeno ... Enzino
Andreas Wellano Andreas Wellano ... Heinz
Nick Dong-Sik ... Bambu
Daniel Roesner ... Florian
Edoardo Melone Edoardo Melone ... Capelli Corti
Franco Melone Franco Melone ... Giacca di Lana
Hildburg Schmidt Hildburg Schmidt ... Mrs. Bauer
Joachim Kretzer Joachim Kretzer ... Michael Richter
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Storyline

The story of a man who murdered thirty-two people, gained power, and then got afraid because too many people wanted to kill him. One August morning, he disappeared. For fifteen years, everyone believed him dead. Instead, he was living in a little hotel near Frankfurt, with a wife and a young German son. Then, when the trains filled with waste departed from Naples, the past climbed on board. This is the story of a man who, while trying to kill a chestnut tree with a copper nail, was grabbed from behind by his past. And was forced to settle the score. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Italy | France | Germany

Language:

Italian | German | Neapolitan | English

Release Date:

5 November 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,135,121
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although it's adapted from an original story, the plot is almost identical to David Cronenberg's A History of Violence (2005). See more »

Soundtracks

A quiet life
Music by Teho Teardo
Lyrics by Blixa Bargeld
Performed by Blixa Bargeld in San Francisco, March 2010
Produced and Mixed by Teho Teardo
Courtesy of Universal Music
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A great performance by Toni Servillo, supported by a steady direction
7 November 2010 | by yris2002See all my reviews

A tough subject, dealing with a former killer member of the Camorra, who left for Germany to build a new identity and has to come to terms, after 15 yeas, with his past, on the background of a still actual emergency in Italy, that of rubbish in Naples: a difficult subject to handle, but solidly handled. The director proceeds with a highly controlled and steady direction, made up of sequence-shots, close-ups: this, together with clear-cut and sharp characters and essential dialogues contribute to an overall solid rendering of the drama, without parting with some increasing tension. Intensity gradually increases, indeed, supported by a tense narrative rhythm, probably partly ruined by the unlikely final slackening. Toni Servillo, awarded as best actor at the latest Rome film festival, makes a substantial difference, being his main role fit for him: his performance is truly great, intense, perfectly able to render the inner drama of a man trying to overcome a painful past, which will never abandon him.


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