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Silent Light

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Directed by Carlos Reygadas
Mexico, France, 2007
  • Dutch
  • English


Johan and his family are mennonites from the north of Mexico. Johan, husband and father, 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…

Our take

Reygadas proved himself one of the most controversial contemporary directors when he won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2007 with this gorgeous remixing of Dreyer’s Ordet. Weaving the sacred and the profane, the holy and the damned, Silent Light is one of the great modern films on the subject of faith.

Silent Light Directed by Carlos Reygadas
A profound and profoundly moving mediation on love and betrayal.
April 22, 2019
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Reygadas doesn’t color the story with interpretation but, rather, permeates it with a religious sense of mystery akin to what his characters must be feeling. The results are hypnotic and altogether gorgeous, and its underlying mysteries (not least that of faith itself) stay with you for long after you watch it.
March 20, 2009
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At bottom, Silent Light is less about faith than matters of the heart, and in Reygadas’ hands, the ache is bone-deep.
January 08, 2009
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