Silent Light

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  • Summary: Johan and his family are Mennonites from the north of Mexico. Against the law of God and man, Johan falls in love with another woman. (Bac Films)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    What the film is really about is people who see themselves and their values as an organic whole. There are no pious displays here. No sanctimony, no preaching. Never even the word "religion." Just Johan, Esther and Marianne, all doing their best.
  2. A film filled with beauty and pain that moves at the pace of molasses and snails. That is to say, some of it is in real time. Audiences would be advised to stay caffeinated.
  3. 100
    At bottom, Silent Light is less about faith than matters of the heart, and in Reygadas' hands, the ache is bone-deep.
  4. 88
    As is his custom, Reygadas uses a mostly nonprofessional cast; and, as expected, he draws remarkably realistic performances.
  5. Reygadas has hitched his austere and protracted style to an allegorical tale of subtle strength and depth.
  6. 70
    It's amazingly beautiful and it tests your patience; both things are par for the course with Reygadas, After that, you've either surrendered to his idiosyncratic sense of rhythm, or you're out of there.
  7. This director is too calculating to hold our trust for long, and skepticism will kill transcendence every time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 21, 2012
    10
    The finest film to date of one of the most important emerging filmmakers. Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light is an experience rather than a movie.The finest film to date of one of the most important emerging filmmakers. Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light is an experience rather than a movie. Very rewardable. Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2010
    9
    Every scene could be counterposed as an impressionist art piece and the plot is meant to trigger your inner philosopher rather than your outerEvery scene could be counterposed as an impressionist art piece and the plot is meant to trigger your inner philosopher rather than your outer romantic. Basically it is a film that is meant to make you feel something - what the hell? Expand
  3. SibylP
    Jan 20, 2009
    8
    Yes, the pace is slow, the resolution somewhat limited, but this is an unusual, beautiful film. The actors are not professional and what a Yes, the pace is slow, the resolution somewhat limited, but this is an unusual, beautiful film. The actors are not professional and what a relief from Hollywood emoting. Many shots are bold in their restraint, breaking convention. The language and look of the characters are a revelation. It takes us to a seemingly faraway time and place. And it was worth the price of admission for the wide shot of the cows coming in the barn. Risky, odd, inventive, this is a director's film. He worked magic with stop motion for dawn and dusk. Brilliant shots, memorable. Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2013
    7
    This film is a beautiful, but trying slide show of European style art film mostly made up of wide angle symmetry (often with a lighted doorwayThis film is a beautiful, but trying slide show of European style art film mostly made up of wide angle symmetry (often with a lighted doorway window in the center) on a stationary camera on a tripod. The closest it gets to action is when the camera occasionally pans or slowly zooms. The subtitles are barely necessary since there is very little dialogue. And it works wonderfully. There is an intriguing reference to Gabriel García Márquez's and Lisandro Duque Naranjo's "Milagro En Roma" in the film. Expand
  5. Warrior
    Jan 10, 2009
    7
    It's amazingly beautiful and it tests your patience; both things are par for the course with Reygadas, After that, you've either It's amazingly beautiful and it tests your patience; both things are par for the course with Reygadas, After that, you've either surrendered to his idiosyncratic sense of rhythm, or you're out of there. Collapse
  6. Jun 2, 2012
    5
    If you like to watch paint dry in slow motion, then this is for you. A 20 minute plot dragged out to over 2 hours. Basically the DirectorIf you like to watch paint dry in slow motion, then this is for you. A 20 minute plot dragged out to over 2 hours. Basically the Director points the camera at someone/something then moves the camera in at a snails pace. Expand

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