“The Quiet” is an intense story about family secrets, friendship, trust and betrayal where happy faces disguise ugly truths. Popular cheerleader Nina Deer’s (Elisha Cuthbert) world is turned upside down when her parents (Edie Falco and Martin Donovan) adopt a recently orphaned deaf girl, Dot (Camilla Belle). But in this suburban home, things are not what they seem. Dot’s arrival puts a crack in Nina’s idyllic social life and the dark secrets her family harbors soon become exposed. Nina’s friends, including the handsome Connor (Shawn Ashmore), develop an odd fascination with the newcomer and confide in her their darkest secrets. Dot quietly shoulders the burdens of those around her, simultaneously hiding her own secrets as well.
I was curious as to why there was only one other person in the theatre with me to view “The Quiet” until I sat through it. The incestuous theme creates a totally depressing atmosphere. Put that together with a teenager that lost her mother at age seven and her father when the film begins and you have the ingredients for a totally morose and slow moving film. There is nothing to enjoy here, just upsetting images of self absorbed teenagers, a sick father and a mother too strung out on painkillers to care anymore.
It is so bad, “mums” the word about “The Quiet”.