Quiet Chaos

Directed by Antonello Grimaldi, (Fandango)

Another Oscar season fast approaches, adding another year to the more than 10 that have passed since Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful so impressed the Academy. That film told the story of a Jewish father's use of storytelling and humour to shield his son from the full force of life in a camp and the Holocaust. Though set in this contemporary time, and against crimes no greater than corporate dominance and its global domino effect, Quiet Chaos, or Caos Calmo, makes no less an impression in dealing with the same idea: the strength of an individual's interior and his spirit, in response to external world turned upside down. Nanni Moretti plays the lead, Pietro Paladini, a successful entertainment executive, balancing resolve and reserve---a brave face for his school-aged daughter---with grief and emotion. It's a brilliant performance that may get lost in the hype.

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