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  • Summary: Set in 1979 in Pakistan, when General Zia-ul-Haq took control of the country and stoked the fires of Islamic nationalism, the film focuses on a Muslim woman whose haunted past turns her present life upside down. (First Run Features)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
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  1. 75
    Has relevance in the world as we now know it.
  2. 75
    But by the time you understand the meaning of its title, Sabiha Sumar's film has delivered an emotional punch.
  3. Stirring on religious and humanitarian levels, and very timely notwithstanding its 1979 setting.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Land
    70
    Sumar's debut feature could scarcely be more relevant to Pakistan's present, or, given this country's history of backing such repressive regimes, to ours.
  5. The fact that these atrocities are not well known in the West is a good reason for this film to exist.
  6. 60
    Silent Waters is several different movies, and most of them feel negligible and meandering, until the film finally packs a wallop.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    Worthy intentions are drowned by schematic scripting and only OK direction in Silent Waters, an achingly PC drama on how Islamic fundamentalism wrecks families and oppresses women.

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