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Quiet City/Dance Party, USA (2006-2007)

Cast: Erin Fisher, Erin Fisher, Anna Kavan, more...
Director: Aaron Katz, Aaron Katz, Marc Ripper, more...
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Studio: Benten Films
Genre: Drama, Independent, Music, Romance, Music Videos/Performance, Coming of Age , Experimental/Avant-Garde
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopses
Dance Party, USA (2006)
An apathetic seventeen-year old shares a dark secret that causes his aimless new friend to immediately sever ties in director Aaron Katz's talky teen drama. Gus spends most of his time relating self-indulgent tales of sexual conquests and drug fueled frenzies to his best friend Bill. Jessica seems to be drifting away from most of her friends, and lately things have gotten so bad that she isn't even speaking with her one-time best-friend Christie. Every Fourth of July all the kids gather at Brian's house to drink free beer and watch the fireworks. This year, Gus meets Jessica at the party and tries to pick her up. When she blows off his obvious come-on, Gus tells Jessica a secret that he has never revealed to even his closest of friends. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Quiet City (2007)
In Aaron Katz's idiosyncratic and unpredictable drama Quiet City, Georgian Jamie travels from her Atlanta home to Brooklyn, to visit her friend Samantha. When Jamie arrives, however, Samantha seems to have disappeared from her residence - her phone is disconnected and she cannot be located. By sheer happenstance, Jamie runs into a stranger, Charlie, when she stops him to ask for directions. The two strike up an instant rapport and spend the rest of the day and night together - eating coleslaw, attending art exhibitions and experiencing Manhattan nightlife. The picture thus becomes an exploration of how relationships can spring from chance meetings between strangers, amid the most unfamiliar of circumstances and environments. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

Dance Party, USA (2006)
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7.75 (4 votes)
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Quiet City (2007)
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6.38 (8 votes)
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Something different and fine by mkaliher2 March 10, 2011 - 11:29 PM PST
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Finding Quiet City resembled finding a special, but unknown book while browsing a hole-in-the-wall independent bookstore on a rainy spring afternoon. To try and describe what it's about really doesn't do it justice. More important is how it makes you feel after you've watched it. The film's timbre is reminiscent of John Carney's Irish film Once, another terrific performance by non-actors, but Quiet City's non-actors had never met prior to the filming, and Erin Fisher and Cris Lankenau's fresh and spontaneous contributions to the script are what makes Quiet City work.

I recommend checking out the New York premier's Q&A in the bonus material, and the (non-)actors' commentary version. They offer some curious insights into where the crew is coming from. But the audience at the New York premiere should have demanded to hear from Erin Fisher during the Q&A. In my opinion, she quite carried the film; it would have been interesting to hear how she felt about it. She is pretty, but don't hold that against her: she has a natural talent--if you don't believe me, check out the scene in which she talks on the phone with her boyfriend in Atlanta--that is disarming. Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie could learn a thing or three from her.

Director Aaron Katz and his crew--who made the film with $2,500 and a borrowed HD camera, crashing in friends' New York apartments during the shoot and filming the public scenes without permits during off hours--are definitely on to something. Their light touch, editing, and thoughtful photography and pacing are extraordinary for beginners. Katz's earlier film, the ironically titled Dance Party, U.S.A. (hey, they're young) gently stands the teen exploitation genre on its head, and demonstrates his technique in an even more primitive form. By the way, the film runs 78 minutes; Dance Party, U.S.A. -- Katz's baby steps -- runs 65 minutes.

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