The Quiet (2006)
Dot (Camille Belle) is a deaf and mute teenager. When her father dies she is orphaned and sent to live with her godparents and their daughter, Nina (Elisha Cuthbert) who seemingly looks like the perfect family. But of course all families have their secrets right? Although, Dot’s presence was not immediately welcome, people around her soon found out that her deafness and silence was great way for them to rant bout their lives and secrets…well in secret. And soon Dot finds out what happens behind close doors.
**May Contain Spoilers**
If you have not watch the trailer…maybe you want to check it out here. I thought the trailer was pretty good…it made me want to see the film.
One of the main characters is Dot and she is one extremely sympathetic character. Losing your parents is one thing. Moving in with a family you don’t really know that well is another. But being deaf and mute and not be able to communicate with the new family is a whole new different level of isolation. At first she was seen as a freak by Nina and the kids at school, but soon people around her starts telling their private thoughts believing that their secrets are safe with her since she can't hear or mutter a word.
One night, unable sleep, Dot stumbles upon Nina’s secret…her father has been sleeping with her. And when Nina herself suspects that Dot has found out the truth, she starts telling her off her plans to kill her father. Will Dot say a word to anyone? After all she’s deaf and mute right? What about Dot? Surely she has a secret too?
This movie is dark…has that eerie look and pretty twisted too. What we have here is the dysfunctional family. The father…not being very father like…pretty much crossed every line. A mother who chooses to drown herself in drugs just so she can’t see and hear what’s happening. And the daughter, the victim, who is very confused. She loves her father, in a way that daughters do and in the sick way that lovers do…but also hates him for everything that he has done to her. And Dot the outsider…also the traumatised child after losing both parents and living in isolation.
If you like movies about dark family secrets…check this one out…if you don’t…well check out the trailer…and you might still want to check out this movie. Personally I thought it is pretty good movie. It is dark, with a disturbing subject matter and it is probably one of the better thrillers aimed at teenagers that actually has an interesting, intriguing storyline and characters. I give it 3/5.
Friday, February 02, 2007
The Quiet (2006)