Drafthouse Films | Release Date: July 17, 2015
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FilmPhonicJul 19, 2015
A companion piece for Oppenheimer's powerful 2012 documentary 'The Act of Killing', 'The Look of Silence' takes a more introspective view of the events where a failed military coup was blamed on "communists" and prompted the militaryA companion piece for Oppenheimer's powerful 2012 documentary 'The Act of Killing', 'The Look of Silence' takes a more introspective view of the events where a failed military coup was blamed on "communists" and prompted the military government to foster a general hatred leading to an anti-communist "purge" that brutally claimed the lives of at least half a million people, made all the worse by the negligence and often complicity of Western governments that were utterly consumed with the cold war and fighting communism, a stance which led to atrocities across the globe with Central & South America and other parts of South-East Asia getting more attention than Indonesia.

Oppenheimer gives the narrative a more personal touch by focusing on a single family and the effect of losing their brother in such a senseless and brutal manner, the legacy of the killings you might expect would have the same harrowing effect on hundreds of thousands of families and the country as a whole, hence the title whereby families continue to suffer in silence with many of the perpetrators still in power and apparently untouchable.

With a lack of almost any archival footage or photographic evidence 'The Look of Silence' relies on the testimonies of victims and their families and the disturbingly candid & borderline boastful descriptions from the perpetrators for dramatic content, depending on your point of view this might make it a more or less powerful film but given that there is no way to independently confirm what happened between 1965-66 it might make the whole documentary somewhat controversial.

The Bottom Line...
A powerful and personalized account of one of the more overlooked genocides in recent history, 'The Look of Silence' is a stark warning against stoking the fires of political & religious hatred and most effective when accompanying Oppneheimer's 2012 documentary 'The Act of Killing'.
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jacobthebrownAug 12, 2015
Very powerful film which poses a lot of moral questions about the consequences of the American government's campaign to empower anti-communist governments during the Cold War but instead we empowered a brutal regime, and the fallout of thisVery powerful film which poses a lot of moral questions about the consequences of the American government's campaign to empower anti-communist governments during the Cold War but instead we empowered a brutal regime, and the fallout of this caused a million person genocide that took place against those labeled as communists, this film is about the families that were destroyed by this tragedy. The genocide is a sloppy cover up, those who perpetrated the genocide are still in power, and young students are taught that communists are horrible adulterers.This film fleshes out the story of just one of the families affected and begs the question, how many tens of millions of family have similar stories but remain silent in fear of what the current regime would do if they spoke out. A lot of the scenes are also very visually beautiful, and that's good because the film often pauses the story to have the audience briefly reflect on the interviews. Expand
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EpicLadySpongeMar 18, 2016
I can still love something even if it means giving support to those critics who actually gave movies a great score such as this one. Oh, look, a 0 in here. You know what that means.
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shineandreJul 20, 2015
Disappointed. Really guys don't go watch this low grade porn effected spy perversion. Value life's beauty and your moral conscience. It's just another Nielsen's copy loaded with sexual graphics that leaves the movie tasteless. No imaginationDisappointed. Really guys don't go watch this low grade porn effected spy perversion. Value life's beauty and your moral conscience. It's just another Nielsen's copy loaded with sexual graphics that leaves the movie tasteless. No imagination just slap in your face. Expand
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kathytreeceFeb 18, 2016
A very serious documentary showing a situation (from the 1960's) in Indonesia that was very sad to watch. Pretty scenery, but very sad situation. What a courageous man is the main character. Plus it was cool to see how a healthy seniorA very serious documentary showing a situation (from the 1960's) in Indonesia that was very sad to watch. Pretty scenery, but very sad situation. What a courageous man is the main character. Plus it was cool to see how a healthy senior citizen (over age 90) lives in Indonesia. And, I enjoyed the humor shared between the main character and his parents. I saw this movie on Netflix dvd. Expand
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