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Eoghan is a sound recordist who is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years, for a job capturing noises in areas free from man-made sound. His quest takes him to remote terrain, away from towns and villages. Throughout his journey, he is drawn into a series of encounters and conversations which gradually divert his attention towards a more intangible silence, bound up with the sounds of the life he had left behind. Influenced by elements of folklore and archive, SILENCE unfolds with a quiet intensity, where poetic images reveal an absorbing meditation on themes relating to sound and silence, history, memory and exile.

Starring:
Hilary O'Shaughnessy, Andrew Bennett
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Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Hilary O'Shaughnessy, Andrew Bennett, Michael Harding, Tim Robinson, Paul Rodgers, Tommy Fahy, Patrick O'Connor, Peter Lacey, Jordan Shiels, Jens K. MüLler, Eoghan Macgiolla BhríDe, Marie Coyne
Director Pat Collins
Genres Drama
Studio New Wave Films
Rental release 11 November 2013
Main languages English

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i watched this at the ICA earlier this year, theres hardly any dialogue and music is used sparingly. its just a beautiful film about contemplation,reflection,memories and the passing of time. melancholy,ethereal,poignant and haunting. it is a film that has stayed with me.
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Excellent film with elements of documentary in it. Really relaxing to watch and a breath of fresh air amidst all the noisy and chatty movies that we all normally watch. Get this as a break from tradition and calm your soul.
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A gem of a movie about quiet places and insight far from the madding crowd and the commercialization of life. A treasure.
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We live today in very busy times and sometimes we long for the silence - the silence like in this film, silence of home. I liked also the dokumentary about Tory Island. It is pleasure and relaxation to watch this film, where we can not only see but also feel the journey of the main figure. I'm not from Irland (I'm from Prag, from the city), but it is a film for all people in the world, who understand, how important is to travel and then return to home, how important is to take a time for silence in us... and what does it mean, the silence?
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Despite this film being about silence: absence of human made noise what I fell madly in love with was the soundtrack. Hauntingly beautiful. The film is great. I would put it on and find myself feeling so much happier and calmer. A film about nothing and everything that matters. Peace and beauty.
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Irish screenwriter, producer and director Pat Collins` debut feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriters Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride and Sharon Whooley, premiered at the 10th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in Ireland and is an Irish production which was produced by television and film producer Tina Moran. It tells the story about a man named Eoghan who lives in the capital city of Germany where he records sounds, and who after making the decision to continue his work elsewhere says goodbye to a woman he knows and sets out on a journey towards the province of Ulster in Ireland which is his homeland.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Irish filmmaker Pat Collins, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character`s point of view, draws a perceptive and calmly engaging portrayal of an Irish sound recordist who leaves Berlin, Germany and returns to the country he left many years ago to record sounds which are not made by humans. While notable for its majestic milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Richard Kendrick, choice of location and use of sound, time, music, colors and archival footage, this character-driven story about peoples connection to places where documentary and fiction is eloquently incorporated, fragments of history recurs and a person who drives, walks, talks, contemplates and carefully listens to the wind, the birds, the trees, the waves and the people he encounters on his self-reflective pilgrimage, depicts a meditative and lingering study of character.
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Watched this film over the weekend and found it to be a cinematic exercise in mindfulness. Its an antidote to the travails of modern life. It evokes a spiritual way of life fast disappearing. Being Irish I can resonate with the landscape and unspolit pockets of wilderness. We are what we think, hear and see. Highly recommended if you need to take a break from rushing around!
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