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172 Ratings

A Quiet Place in the Country

Un tranquillo posto di campagna

Directed by Elio Petri
Italy, France, 1968
Horror, Drama


Leonardo Ferri, is one of the top young avante garde painters in Milan, Italy…and he’s quickly going crazy there; he hasn’t completed a painting in two months. Threatened by his agent/lover Flavia, who’s insistent on keeping the touchy, mercurial artist productive, Leonardo leaves Milan.

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A Quiet Place in the Country Directed by Elio Petri

Critics reviews

A riotous horror style dilated from Bava for the protagonist’s mania, an unmoored mind stabbed by every chord of Ennio Morricone’s most dissonant score. The butcher knife in the glowing electric dishwasher, the corpse in the garden, séances and dismemberment — all grist to Verhoeven’s parodical mill (The Fourth Man).
April 28, 2014
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…The film is arguably Petri’s most experimental feature; a restless, feverish psychological drama… As with L’Assassino, the director uses the familiar tropes of the giallo to ask uncomfortable questions of modern society. While in his earlier film Petri probes into what he sees as the empty values of young wealthy bourgeois, in A Quiet Place in the Country he examines the role of the artist; the inescapable dichotomy between art and commerce.
July 07, 2013
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