Jamie, an Atlanta resident, travels to Brooklyn in an effort to visit her friend, Samantha. When Jamie arrives in the city she is unable to get a hold of Samantha, whose phone has been disconnected. By sheer coincidence Jamie runs into Charlie, a stranger, who helps her with directions to a restaurant where Samantha could be. The two instantly share a nice connection, and end up spending the rest of the day and night together. Aaron Katz's Quiet City is a idiosyncratic exploration of relationships and how they can be created and evolve from mere encounters. Jamie and Charlie are two characters that are so well defined and the film beautifully captures their evolving relationship with care, creating a very genuine feeling portrait of a chance encounter. We see everything from their awkward pauses and nervous banter which exists early in their encounter to the quiet sense of comfort the two share towards the end. While this relationship is certainly the meat of the story, Quiet City is also able to capture the feeling which many young-20s individuals experience, being a little lost in life and simply trying to figure out exactly where one belongs. Quiet City is a beautifully photographed film, which is especially impressive given its rather ugly digital photography. Katz's cinematography gives the film a meditative feel, with a few great moments where he focuses the camera close up on the faces of these characters almost as if he is peering into their soul. Quiet City is not an overly ambitious piece of film-making but that certainly doesn't mean it doesn't have a lot to offer.
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