The Quiet

The Quiet (2005) is a disturbing drama directed by Jamie Babbit about a teenage deaf girl named Dot (Camilla Belle) who goes to live with her godparents following the death of her father. Her godparents have a daughter the same age as Dot called Nina (Elisha Cuthbert) who, as the most popular girl in school, does not take kindly to the idea of living with a social outcast. Nina’s family may seem perfect from the outside, but Dot soon starts uncovering dark secrets.

 This film is edgy and gripping. It draws you in from the beginning, keeps you asking questions all the way through and has plenty of twists and turns. It is at times uncomfortable to watch, but for all the right reasons. The dark subject matter is intriguing and the characters are deeply troubled. The Quiet is everything a chilling drama should be, it is eerie, shocking and yet still believable. The actors all do an amazing job at keeping a tense atmosphere throughout, and Camilla Belle does particularly well as the enigma that is Dot.

Although The Quiet is certainly not suitable for younger viewers, it is definitely worth seeing if you are less easily disturbed. At 96 minutes it is easy to sit through, very entertaining and has a fantastic dramatic climax.

2 thoughts on “The Quiet”

  1. I don’t know anything about this movie, and while you obviously like it, I think your review could have been a little more involved. Tell me a little more about why it is disturbing please. I’d like more.

  2. Hey, thanks for your response. This is a difficult film to describe in too much detail without giving away major plot points. The film is disturbing in the secrets of Nina’s family and the way that situation unfolds. Sorry to be vague but it’s one of those films you really have to see rather than have explained. I don’t want to ruin the plot :)

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