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Film: The Quiet
The Quiet is a 2005 drama-thriller directed by Jamie Babbit and starring Elisha Cuthbert and Camilla Belle. Dot (Belle) is a deaf-mute teenager whose father has recently died and who was taken in by the Deer family, old friends of her parents. Nina (Cuthbert) is the daughter of the Deer family, somewhat resentful of Dot, who (suspecting that Dot may actually be able to hear) starts telling her disturbing things about her family and her life.
  • The Aloner: Dot, thanks to her deaf-muteness. Even when people (such as Conner) express interest in her, she has a tendency to brush them off.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Conner is very into Dot despite her acting relatively cool towards him. However, the "Nice Guy" part of the trope is debatable given his using Dot's deafness to confess to her a wide variety of sexually explicit things, and he rejects her when he learns she can hear.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The broken piano wire.
  • Jerk Ass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nina keeps going back and forth between these two when it comes to Dot. Eventually, she and Dot end up friends/adoptive sisters.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: his sonatas are all over the soundtrack and Dot talks about him in her monologues a lot, as they're both deaf pianists.
  • Parental Incest: Nina and her dad.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Shit!" Mostly for who says it rather than what is said; it reveals that Dot can talk.
  • The Quiet One: Dot. She's not The Voiceless because we get to hear her inner monologues and because it's revealed she can hear.
  • The Reveal: Nina comes home one day to hear Dot playing the piano until one of the strings breaks and Dot exclaims "Shit!," revealing that she can talk.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Dot dresses decidedly more masculine than Nina does, much to Nina's annoyance.
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