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Excellent, with a sorry sting in its tail.,
This review is from: Silent Light [DVD] (DVD)
Many films brim with lust for life, want you to share in their joy or aim to raise your spirit. 'Silent Light' turns out to evoke just the opposite. Plot is set amongst a devout religious family, where so much as a raised eyebrow is considered a sin. Under its stern exterior, mum Esther and dad Johan try to come to terms with Johan's recent infidelity. Director Carlos Reygadas treated this subject with the utmost integrity and respect. It's this respect for moral values of characters involved which gripped me most. In spite of all the 'though shalt nots' the characters adhered to, they never resolved to hell and damnation-speeches and they never passed judgement on one another. They accepted each others faults and shortcomings with introvert grace and offered each other comfort with some subdued spoken profound words. 'Silent Light' could be considered a documentary on how a Mennonite community deals with the sorrows life throws at us. Apart from the ending! Here it turns surreal, which, in my view, brings the whole concept tumbling down. Why Carlos Reygadas suddenly brought a dead woman back to life is beyond me. It just didn't fit in. Pity! It left me rather dissappointed. No musical score in SL. The howling of the animals on the farm more than made up for that. Ever heard of deafening silence? Plenty of this, while the family moved about with bowed heads and firmly closed mouths.