Excerpt: Quiet Chaos is a fine and appropriate title for this adaptation of the Italian bestselling novel by Sandro Veronesi, relating not only the central theme of the film � the shutting down from the outside world that its main character undergoes in trying to deal with the grief of the unexpected death of his wife � but also to the distanced approach that director Antonello Grimaldi itself adopts towards this tumultuous event.
Excerpt: The portrayal of loss in this film evokes W.H. Auden's poem that opens with the line "Stop all the clocks...". Everything is changed and pared back to essentials by an unexpected death. The everyday world continues on around the slowing of the central characters, drawing empathetic viewers into this well told tale. The movie is a subdued but sure-footed meditation on grieving as lives and priorities are reassessed.