A-to-Z Challenge (2016 edition): Q is for The Quiet

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NOTE: Changes are happening! I’m no longer filtering these movies through the W-story structure, because it’s too rigid. Instead I’ll be using Jami Gold’s Basic Beat Sheet. BUT if you liked Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method, you can find info all about it here.

Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.


I should have watched something else. I KNEW I would hate my choice for Q… *shakes head* A mess! Avoid picking up The Quiet. It’s dumb and mindless and the cast has no clue what they’re saying. It got to the point I contemplated watching it with the sound off.

Let’s chop it up now and get it over with already!

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Inciting incident: Dot’s deaf father dies, leaving her an orphan (her mother died when she was seven) and since she’s still 16/17 she moves in with her godmother and her godmother’s husband and daughter, Nina (a girl who’s Dot’s age and formerly a friend, prior to Dot’s mother’s death and then the girls grew estranged because…life).

End of the beginning: Dot catches Nina and Nina’s father having sex. Nina’s father then slips in and makes this weird ass confession to Dot (believing her to be deaf…and also asleep). She doesn’t say a word of the incest, making a choice to keep up pretenses of being “the deaf/mute girl”.

Pinch point #1: Dot has caught the interest of Connor, the basketball star and he’s really into her and stuff after he catches her playing the piano so beautiful. Nina catches Dot talking to herself and now she knows that Dot isn’t deaf and not as much of a mute alone, she tells her that she plans to kill her dad. Afraid Nina really plans to kill her father, Dot is running herself ragged (not really, but she is snooping) to make sure Nina doesn’t commit through with her macabre plan.

Midpoint: Dot breaks a pot and stops Nina’s dad from having sex with her one night, and she ends up sleeping in Nina’s bed and keeping a guard over her in case ‘Daddy’ decides to get sick ideas. Meanwhile Nina’s parents aren’t exactly getting along: Daddy is jealous and doesn’t like that Nina wants to live a normal life by doing normal things like sleeping over with her (sexually aggressive) bff and slobbering over guys…also not so normal things like trading porn with said bff.

Pinch point #2: Nina lies to her father about being pregnant in order to get $1000 to run away and start life elsewhere. Dot has sex with Connor while she’s biding her time to wait until midnight and make sure she’s home for Nina and stopping her from killing her father.

Crisis: Dot kills Nina’s dad from behind to save Nina from getting raped, and after Nina’s messed up spazz attck (she’s actually angry at Dot for saving her) both girls plan to hide the evidence before the police catch whiff of the murder.

Climax: So they decide to head to the dance and make a break for it after the dance. Dot reveals that she can hear Connor, and he’s all hurt and angry and shit. Nina has this personal crisis and the girls leave the dance and run off into the night (the woods). They’re going to hide a backpack filled with the evidence of Nina’s bloodied dress and the piano string Dot uses to kill Nina’s father with. They bond over this psycho late night craziness (wish they’d do it in strait jackets).

Resolution: Nina’s mother takes the fall for the death of Nina’s father and it’s unclear whether she does it because she hates that she let the dad violate Nina to start with or whether she’s tripping on her drugs – either way the two girls start their solo lives together (playing the piano).

Have you suffered through movies you dislike? Was it a DNF for you, or did you push on (hoping for something to turn your opinion around)?

9 thoughts on “A-to-Z Challenge (2016 edition): Q is for The Quiet

    1. Awww! Thank you, Jami, for finding these posts. I was kind of lost without the basic beat sheet – pantser by nature here, and then it clicked and everything made sense.

      I should also give you a shout out on your clearing up the distinction between the Black Moment and the climax for me. “Giving up” and “un-giving up” – duh! *slaps forehead* it makes perfect sense!


    1. True that!
      Something was telling me to avoid it. The synopsis was vague – hardly “hooky” but I was stuck for my Q movie and I liked Elisha Cuthbert from the 1st season of 24. My mistake, of course.


    1. There are tons of movies I have yet to see (movies I should see before I kick the bucket). In this case you’re definitely not missing out. Consider yourself saved from 100ish minutes of “why did I start this?!” type of cursing.


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