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…
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
Do we really need actors?! I don't understand acting and can barely ever tell if it's "good" or "bad". When you have films like this as well as those of Bresson, Dumont and Hou amongst many others using almost exclusively non-actors to such magical effect, you wonder if we shouldn't just do away with the whole institution! The ending caught me seriously off guard and left me in a daze. Beautiful.
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/
This was a major film for me personally when it comes to dealing with diegetic reality and audience perception. It also teaches the value of long takes and meditation via the usage of duration. It is calming and makes the payoff even more powerful.