Silent Light

Silent Light

DVD - 2009
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In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a man betrays his family by having an affair with another woman, which changes the course of events with both his wife and his mistress.
Publisher: [New York] : Palisades Tartan, [2009]
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE SILEN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc(Not rated) (136 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
optical
Notes: Title from container
Videodisc release of the 2007 motion picture
Special features: making-of featurette, interview with lead actor, film notes, deleted scenes

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Byond
Jul 30, 2017

Consider that the 'Silent Light' of the title is what some have come to think of as an indwelling Spirit of God. Much of the prayer here is silent prayer. There's a sincere perception and concern with this spirit; alas it is silent; even if we were to convince ourselves that we wanted to follow its direction we could find ourselves unconvinced of its will. Perhaps, before the final curtain, God will step in with pretty clear guidance. Take a look. For those who are praying for patience, this might be the trial you need. One prominent reviewer has seen it three times.

rauha Jul 10, 2015

beautifully executed, avoids sentimentalism . This is an extraordinary film. this is a true masterpiece, Every scene, frame, and shot is perfect.Though not for the impatient ,the ENDING is SHOCKING!!

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 26, 2015

At over 140 minutes this is one long film, and it actually feels longer due to a number of very long (sometimes unnecessarily long, in my view) takes. So for this arthouse piece much patience is required. But once you are into it, it is actually very enjoyable to watch. It has won a number of international awards, too. I liked it. Subtitles.

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Nursebob
Feb 04, 2015

After a beautifully executed opening scene of dawn spreading over a verdant countryside accompanied by the distant braying of unseen livestock, the camera cuts to the kitchen of a simple farmhouse where Johan, Esther, and their five children sit around the breakfast table, heads bowed reverently in silent prayer. Thus begins Carlos Reygadas’ quietly poetic film about love and adultery in an isolated Mennonite community. Although Johan loves his wife he can’t help feeling his marriage to Esther was a mistake ever since he started seeing Marianne, a clerk at the local ice cream parlour. Esther is well aware of his indiscretions and tries to wear a brave face hoping her husband will eventually come to his senses. Meanwhile, Johan’s father insists this is the work of the devil and tells him of his own brush with temptation years earlier, while his best friend suggests that perhaps God had something to do with Marianne entering his life. The conflict between Johan’s emotional needs and spiritual beliefs threaten to overwhelm him until an unforeseen tragedy throws his life off balance and brings everything into painful focus. Reygadas tells his tale in slow, carefully composed takes awash with natural sounds and a delicate light which gives the most mundane images a sense of profound significance whether it’s a conspicuously ticking clock or muted sunlight falling against a curtained window. He deftly avoids sentimentalism and overt religious spectacle, filming some key scenes from a detached distance while relying more on charged silences than dramatic dialogue. The highly cryptic final segment, wherein the two women finally meet, is both intensely moving and certainly open to much spirited debate. Sadly, although his three non-professional leads are more than up to the task the same cannot be said for the others who turn in rather stilted, self-conscious performances. At just under 2½ hours of pained stares and breast-beating, Silent Light is definitely not for everyone; but for the patient viewer its extraordinary visuals and deliberate pacing pay off big time.

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akirakato
Sep 23, 2014

This is a 2007 film written and directed by Carlos Reygadas.
Set in a Mennonite community, it tells the story of a married man who falls in love with another woman.
The dialogue is in Plautdietsch, the language of the low-German Mennonites.
This film is NOT definitely for the average movie goer that wants to see explosions all over the place and to view an easy-to-understand storyline.
At first, this movie seems too slow, but if you want to see some worthy things in life, you should be patient.
With the closing sequence, parallel to the opening one, you could find some happiness in your ordinary plain life.

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tmlampinen
Sep 12, 2014

This is an extraordinary film. True, some will find its pace painfully slow, even intolerable (be forewarned) but I appreciate the tenacity with which Reygadas forces us to slow, to be still as we join a Mennonite farm in the middle of nowhere. From that perspective, we're certain these characters are wholly genuine, honest, and devout. In turn, we understand that this is no run-of-the-mill, mid-life affair. Breathtaking visuals, miraculous storytelling.

theorbys Sep 11, 2013

This is definitely an art film, not to be approached as entertainment, but that being said, at approx. 130 minutes, for me it was simply too long by a good 40 minutes at least. I like beautiful composition and don't require nonstop action, but this is too deliberate for me.

juskow Sep 10, 2013

A genuine masterpiece- in every sense of the word. That doesn't happen often in cinema, and I can't remember the last time I've thought that about a film. Every scene, frame, and shot is perfect. It is even more perfect in a theater, projected onto the screen, where you can see how he plays with shadow and light... but dvd is a fine enough runner up. If you care about art in any way, you MUST see this film.

chepps Jan 14, 2013

Though not for the impatient, this is a true masterpiece, and I'll have to watch his earlier Japon. His previous film "Battle in Heaven" felt like a fashionable exercise in miserablism, but I'll have to reconsider in light of the joys of this one. Thanks for acquiring this NYPL!
-Kris

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ms_mustard
Jan 13, 2013

also watch ORDET 1955 by Carl Theodor Dreyer.

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