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The Quiet

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Product Description

This erotic and suspenseful tale of sex, lies and betrayal stars Elisha Cuthbert (The Girl Next Door) as Nina Deer, a pretty cheerleader whose life is turned upside-down by the arrival of her parents' godchild Dot (Camilla Belle, When a Stranger Calls), a deaf and mute girl recently orphaned by her father's death. Although Nina looks upon Dot's deafness with disdain, her family and friends develop a strange attraction to her, and Dot soon becomes a sounding board for everyone's heaviest burdens. But when Nina becomes convinced that Dot is hiding a few secrets of her own, she decides to confess a family secret so disturbing, it cannot be ignored. Also starring Martin Donovan (TV's "Weeds") and Edie Falco (TV's "The Sopranos").

High school cheerleader Nina Deer (Elisha Cuthbert) seems like the ultimate bitch in The Quiet. When Paul and Olivia Deer (Martin Donovan and Edie Falco) invite their deaf and mute godchild, Dot (Camilla Belle) to live with the family following the death of Dot's father, Nina plays Dot's evil stepsister. Dot silently persists as household dynamics unfold nightmarishly around her, revealing an unsavory affair that leaves the mother reaching for her bottle of painkillers. The more Nina reveals her secret fantasy to Dot, however, the more Dot feels compelled to step in. Director Jamie Babbit's film is rich with sexual confusion and sick psychology, making The Quiet surprisingly complex. Though Elisha Cuthbert's performance is strong, it is still a slowly paced film, and the sets, like dark, moody blue rooms in the Deer house, add unneeded melodrama. Still, The Quiet is a thriller about teen girls bonded to commit a heinous crime, and many will appreciate this variation on the tale of young female chivalry against monstrosity. --Trinie Dalton

Special Features

  • "Fetal Pig, Fetal Pig, Let Me In": Dissecting the Dissection Scene
  • "Locations: Shooting in Austin"
  • "Sans Celluloid: The Quiet and Digital Cinema"
  • "Script Development"
  • "Picking the Cast for The Quiet"

Product Details

  • Actors: Martin Donovan, Elisha Cuthbert, Shawn Ashmore, Camilla Belle, Edie Falco
  • Directors: Jamie Babbitt
  • Producers: Joel Michaely, Carolyn Pfeiffer, Tom Schatz, Andrea Sperling, Holly Wiersma
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KX0IP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Quiet" on IMDb

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DaveP on August 9, 2007
Format: DVD
Dot (Camilla Belle), an introverted deaf/mute girl moves in with her godparents after her dad gets killed. Not a welcome change to her new godsister, Nina (Elisha Cuthbert), who wants nothing to do with this "freak" at home or school, where she is a popular cheerleader. Dot tries to keep to herself, but she soon becomes a confession magnet due to her deafness to those who feel the need to get things off their chest to someone, but without the repercussions of revealing their secrets. Unfortunately for pretty much everyone in this movie, nothing is as it seems, and their actions lead to events that will tragically change the lives of those involved.

This is defintely one of those movies where you will thank your lucky stars if you have even a semblance of a good family life after watching. Dark, colorless and depressing to be sure, but surreally beautiful at the same time. Performances are excellent from all involved, particularly Belle's demure turn and Cuthbert, who has successfully increased her skills since the shaky 24 days.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Emily R. Jarrell on February 19, 2007
Format: DVD
This movie (the trailer I saw) is very misleading, I was thinking it was going to more like teen horror, but it is actually very realistic and quite brutal in a realistic manner. You get what's going on about 20 minutes in and it's tough to watch. Believe me it gets harder. Cuthbert and Belle were very good in this, that cannot be taken away, but be sure you're ready to watch something this somber.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brent Trafton on April 13, 2007
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The Quiet" is a surreal and creepy film. It is like "Twin Peaks" or "Mulholland Drive" but without the supernatural elements. It is funny in that it is really weird, but the characters in the film do not realize how strange they are.

Dot is deaf and mute and moves in with her Godmother's family. They seem to be a normal middle class family, but they're not. The father is sexually abusing the daughter and the mother is a drug addict. The daughter is cruel to Dot in front of the other kids at school. Dot makes no effort to make any friends.

But then the strangeness starts. People go out of their way to find Dot by herself and tell her their deepest and darkest secrets. Then we find out that Dot has some secrets of her own.

This is a disturbing film, especially the incest. It is filmed like a horror film. Most of it takes place in the dark. It has one of the most intriguing endings I've seen in a long time.

The professional critics missed the point of this movie. If you are in the mood for a surreal and creepy film, "The Quiet" gets my highest recommendation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phil on April 22, 2007
Format: DVD
I am not going to summarize the plot of this movie again since it has been nicely done by several other reviewers already, but I would like to stress out that the cast of this movie is excellent. Edie Falco, Martin Donovan, Shawn Ashmore are tremendous. Camilla Belle who plays the young Dot is quite touching and very true. But most of all Elisha Cuthbert (Popular Mechanics for Kids, 24, The Girl Next Door), dazzling as usual, gives here an insight into her great skills as an actress by vividly portraying a teenage daughter who conceals her fragility under an apparent casualness, torn apart between the love she feels for her father and the deep-rooted hate she has for him too.

The subject of this film, quite dark as you probably know by now, benefits from a great visual and musical atmosphere. I would like to take off my hat to the Director of Photography who did an awsome job here.

The only tiny little flaw I see in this movie is the ending. I grant this film only four stars because of that (although I have to say that four and a half stars would have been more fair, but it is not possible!). Indeed even though the outcome is quite unexpected and very well thought, the conclusion of "The quiet" feels a bit rushed (shortage of money? lack of time? poor choice during the movie editing?), as if the Director had to push herself into getting through the end of the film faster than planned. However this is the only minor flaw of a movie you won't soon forget after watching it and moreover, I have to admit it, you will watch (and watch all over again) with renewed interest and pleasure.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Z. Freeman VINE VOICE on February 27, 2007
Format: DVD
The Quiet fails on almost all accounts. I think the best part of this DVD is the cover and the title (I mean, that's a pretty catchy, timely title, when we have movies like The Grudge, The Prestige, The Messengers, etc. etc.). Anyway, from the very opening frames The Quiet starts to lose the credibility that a film starring Camilla Belle should have. (I mean, this is the girl that made the remake of When a Stranger Calls into a decent thriller).

The basic plot is that the "perfect" suburban family (Martin Donovan and Edie Falco, and cheerleader daughter played by Elisha Cuthbert) have taken in their goddaughter Dot, a troubled young girl who is deaf and dumb... or IS she? Believe me, I'm not spoiling the plot, she's narrating the very first shot of the film. This is where the plot seems to falter. The characters in the film don't know that Dot can hear and speak, but the audience clearly does. This great divide doesn't provide the kind of voyeuristic knowledge you might think. It just makes it seem obvious and makes the other characters seem duller.

Especially when they start telling Dot their "deepest secrets" thinking that she can't hear them. The worst part about this is that they look right into her eyes while telling her, even though they know that she can read lips... so her being deaf has nothing to do with whether she "hears" their secrets or not.

The problems with this film are multi-faceted, but the main issue really seems to be uninspired directing. Most of the scenes just fall flat. And often there are sets that appear to be filled with smoke, but why? Why? To provide some sort of eerie feeling to the audience that the script isn't driving home?

The story is overtly creepy and melancholy, but not in a way that really connects with the viewers.
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