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A film by Nanouk Leopold

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2013 / 93 minutes / 1.78:1
Dutch 5.1 with English Subtitles


    Helmer, a single farmer in his fifties, lives with his aged, bedridden father in the Dutch countryside. His working days are marked by the visits of milk collector Johan, a man of his own age for whom Helmer holds a secret fascination. One day Helmer decides to renovate the house, buying himself a new double bed and moving his father upstairs. His life gains even more momentum, when adolescent farmhand Henk comes to help him out. The late Jeroen Willems, in his final leading role for the big screen, turns in a powerful, slow-burn performance. In this battle of wills between two powerful personalities--the father, once domineering and now in decline, and the son, preparing to live his own life when his father is gone--what is left unsaid takes precedence over dialogue. But when unexpected words do come to Helmer late in the film, their quiet force is indisputable. IT'S ALL SO QUIET is based on the novel Boven is het Stil by Dutch author Gerbrand Bakker. The novel has won many awards in the Netherlands and abroad and has been translated in more than twenty languages.

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    "Leopold's careful staging of the scenario contains shades of Carlos Reygadas' similarly lyrical and country-set SILENT LIGHT... When IT'S ALL SO QUIET comes full circle, the title is virtually an understatement." – Eric Kohn, indiewire

    "Outstanding... should have been in competition [in Berlin]... this film would have held its own in even the most demanding Competition." – Olaf Moller, Film Comment

    "In the film’s exquisite handling of death as the ultimate – or in some cases the only – conduit for love, it arrives at an unmistakable final note of hope and renewal...a lovely testament to the talents of Dutch actor Jeroen Willems." – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter