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The Quiet Room (1996)

PG | | Drama | 21 March 1997 (USA)
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A seven-year-old girl adopts a vow of silence in protest when her quarrelsome parents grow increasingly hostile to one another.

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Rolf de Heer

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Rolf de Heer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Celine O'Leary Celine O'Leary ... Mother
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ... Father
Chloe Ferguson Chloe Ferguson ... Girl Age 7
Phoebe Ferguson Phoebe Ferguson ... Girl Age 3
Kate Greetham Kate Greetham ... Kate, the Babysitter
Todd Telford Todd Telford ... Workman
Peter Ferris ... Carpet Cleaner
Peter Green Peter Green ... Carpet Cleaner
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A seven-year-old girl adopts a vow of silence in protest when her quarrelsome parents grow increasingly hostile to one another.

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Sometimes silence speaks volumes. See more »

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Rated PG for language and thematic elements involving a child affected by domestic discord | See all certifications »
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Australia | Italy | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La habitación silenciosa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite this Australian feature film being selected to screen in competition for the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival the picture received no AFI (Australian Film Institute) Award nominations. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Girl Age 7: Hey diddle diddle, the cow did a piddle behind the kitchen door. The little dog laughed to see such fun, so the cat did a little bit more.
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Row Row Row Your Boat
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Sung a cappella by Chloe Ferguson with modified lyrics
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The mind of a child?
26 July 1999 | by Juanita-3See all my reviews

I was very interested in the premise of the story as described on the cover...that a young girl, without the words to express what she feels, becomes convinced of the uselessness of words and stops talking. I think this is brilliant! (I often wonder what is in my own children's minds when they stare off in silence.)

However, I was quite unimpressed with the story's unfolding. I was left feeling rather annoyed by the abundant use of voice over which spoiled the whole idea of her silence for me. I wanted to see things as she saw them and feel the tension that only silence can create but instead I was assaulted by a constant stream of interpretations and explanations that were already there in the action or in her beautifully expressive face.

While the child actors were usually very engaging, I found it difficult to reconcile the erratic speech patterns as written, especially in the adults, with an interpretation of the world from the young girl's point of view.

In all, I was disappointed. Such a wonderful premise but such poor writing and character development.

Deep sigh.


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