Johan, a Mennonite living in Mexico, is tormented with guilt over his extramarital affair with Marianne. His father, best friend and wife know the truth, but Johan can’t reconcile his deeds with his faith…
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Oeuvre toute en retenue, modestie, discrétion, pureté. Les mêmes conflits, passions et drames se jouent quels que soient la classe sociale ou le pays.
Une exigence telle celle d'un film de Bergman. ==== Work of art in restraint, modesty, discretion, purity. The same conflicts, passions and dramas are played regardless of social class or country. A requirement such as that of a Bergman film.
Watching this film was strange and beautiful. The screening, at the time, had just a handful of people. And I had no idea of what would unfold in front of me (my ideal state, before a film starts). And now, I need a second view. I remember a stunning cinematography, silence, the interior of houses, a language with misterious phonetics, my mind not being able to link that phonetics to the landscape. Loved it.
The cinematography is stunning. Crisp, almost tactile. But the rest of the film is boring and vapid, with inflated drama and pretend profundity. It has some striking moments, overall very flat. https://filmcapsule.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/silent_light/
I don't think I'll ever be inclined to watch this again, but it is a very good film. The opening and closing scenes are stunning and the scene with Johan crying at the table by himself is devastating. However, at times it did lack emotional cords that were required for it to fully work, but still a very good piece. 3.5/5
This is actually my first viewing of a Reygadas film. I've been very intrigued because of the comparisons to my other favourite filmmakers. I would say, I can see the comparison and the obvious nod, but there's something missing. It's beautiful visually though.