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Silent Light (2007)

Cornelio Wall , Maria Pankratz , Carlos Reygadas  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Cornelio Wall, Maria Pankratz, Miriam Toews, Peter Wall, Jacobo Klassen
  • Directors: Carlos Reygadas
  • Producers: Jaime Romandia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment / Mantarraya
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002C8YSDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silent Light" on IMDb

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Johan is the head of a family in a Mennonite community in Northern Mexico. Against the law of God and man, he falls in love with another woman and although he is honest with his wife about the affiar, his actions create conflict in their otherwise serene and tranquil existence

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Johann has a problem. He has a wife and children who he loves, and another woman who loves him and who he can't stop thinking about. The Mennonite community in Mexico that is the backdrop for this story has a culture built on attempts to escape from the urgency of the clock, and pattern life according to a rhythm that respects nature and the sacred. But there are other urgencies that are hard to avoid.

Film critic Gilberto Perez (The Material Ghost), wrote that the best filmmakers are not satisfied with veneer or plausibility, but seek from reality "something richer and stranger, of more potency and consequence, but also, in that measure, harder to deal with coherently, more resistant to articulate arrangement." Reygadas is in my opinion one of those filmmakers whose work doesn't feel like it is trying to teach you something or to entertain you or to make you feel something specific, but who seeks with each film to discover something real. Not so much to tell a story as to let a story tell itself, to let human being and nature show itself in all its strangeness and wonder.

The opening scene of this film is among the most powerful I've seen. On the one hand it is unsettling and disorienting to be cast into the darkness of the open sky and twirled slowly with no sense of where we stand in space or time. On the other hand, this incredible opening shot serves to orient us as viewers. Before it is clear what is going on, that it is early morning and we are witnessing the emergence of light from the darkness, the sounds of crickets and a breeze and the groaning of the cattle begin to ground the film, to place what is to take place in and among the natural rhythms of the Earth.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Johann has a problem. He has a wife and children who he loves, and another woman who loves him and who he can't stop thinking about. The Mennonite community in Mexico that is the backdrop for this story has a culture built on attempts to escape from the urgency of the clock, and pattern life according to a rhythm that respects nature and the sacred. But there are other urgencies that are hard to avoid.

Film critic Gilberto Perez (The Material Ghost), wrote that the best filmmakers are not satisfied with veneer or plausibility, but seek from reality "something richer and stranger, of more potency and consequence, but also, in that measure, harder to deal with coherently, more resistant to articulate arrangement." Reygadas is in my opinion one of those filmmakers whose work doesn't feel like it is trying to teach you something or to entertain you or to make you feel something specific, but who seeks with each film to discover something real. Not so much to tell a story as to let a story tell itself, to let human being and nature show itself in all its strangeness and wonder.

The opening scene of this film is among the most powerful I've seen. On the one hand it is unsettling and disorienting to be cast into the darkness of the open sky and twirled slowly with no sense of where we stand in space or time. On the other hand, this incredible opening shot serves to orient us as viewers. Before it is clear what is going on, that it is early morning and we are witnessing the emergence of light from the darkness, the sounds of crickets and a breeze and the groaning of the cattle begin to ground the film, to place what is to take place in and among the natural rhythms of the Earth.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basically Perfect. October 15, 2009
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Silent light is one of the most (if not the most) beautiful movies of the last 10 years. It has a certain grace, story, look, authenticity, and pureness that all make this film so unique and wonderful. This is a love story that is subtle, without melodramatic over acting, but the message is strong and vibrant. I can't really describe it in words very well, it's the kind of movie that really transports you to and makes you feel like you are there, really emphasizing on the characters and space. It makes you feel that the director REALLY knows what hes doing, and that he got it right. Technically there are some scenes that make you think, "how did they do that, that was amazing", or "that shot was awesome". It's a drama, yet there are some little funny moments because it feels so real, and just like real life, funny things happen even when were sad. If your looking for GOOD movie, that doesn't JUST entertain, then give this one a go! There is nothing else like it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best in world cinema April 25, 2010
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This film acts like a purgation of the junk-fest sensation and cliché language and plots of our normal cinema.It takes us out of the real world and puts our senses through a sieve, through a habit of perfection,distilling an uncreated light. There is a movement in world cinema, to utilise non-professional actors and natural light together.The opening (and closing) shots open us up to a slow action shot almost in real time from constellations in a black sky to dawn shots of the rising sun,with all the attendant sounds of crickets,cicadas and cattle lowing.This is a filtered and idealised human nature set in a Mennonite community of Plautdiesh -speaking people who are attuned to the season's cycles, through cattle farming and crop harvesting.The film is composed of beautiful tableaus of widescreen natural vistas,earth and sky meeting on wide horizons, well captured on the many driving sequences,backed up with a soundscape of waving grass and trees,crickets,birds and running water. Johan is sitting with his wife and six children giving silent grace with a ticking clock. Beneath the harmonious surface there is tension between the couple.His wife Esther takes the children out and he breaks down in tears when alone. He has been having a two year affair with Marianne,another Mennonite (single)female.The imagery in this film induces a kind of trance-like contemplation. His infatuated mood expresses itself through him driving round his friend Zackaria to some raunchy music.He goes on to meet Marianne in a long kissing scene which ends in them making love.He is well supported by his friend and father,who thinks it is fate or the devil's work but does not condemn him.Johan thinks every man makes his own fate. We cut to a beautiful scene of the family bathing together. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not convinced Reygadas knew exactly what he wanted to say
I wish this film had been able to emotionally invest us into the lives of these characters because then this would have been a masterpiece. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dan Harlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Perfect
I'm confused about everything that happened after the couple left home. I always accept artistic license for symbolism that merely suggests what has happened inside the main... Read more
Published 16 months ago by mr. contrarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Against all the odds!
Johan and his family are Mennomites from nothern Mexico. But defying the law of God and men, Johan falls in love with another woman. Read more
Published on December 13, 2010 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
2.0 out of 5 stars What makes an art film inaccessible ...
... is the director doing things that mainstream directors wouldn't do, but apparently only for its own sake. I had high expectations going in. Read more
Published on June 7, 2010 by S B
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice technical effects
Terribly boring story of a farmer's family ripped off with his male natural urge contradicting a personal religious devotion. Read more
Published on April 9, 2010 by Michael Kerjman
1.0 out of 5 stars Review from a "common" person
I don't pretend to be any sort of film critic. I don't know who made this, I don't know what he was trying to achieve, and I don't know what it was based on or anything else... Read more
Published on February 7, 2010 by Tortoise Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars A fraud....slight spoilers....
Carlos Reygadas has made 3 features, Japon, Battle in Heaven, and this film. I disliked Japon for the reasons I disliked Silent Light (I didn't see Battle in Heaven). Read more
Published on September 17, 2009 by Grigory's Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Silent Light and Ordet's Light
Michael Ondaatje once said that there is a limit to what films can do in getting below the surface of things. This might well be said of Silent Light. Read more
Published on September 8, 2009 by TravellerThruKalpas
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie is not in English...
The movie is in some Spanish dialect but it's subtitled in English. The scenery is stunning and it's all very atmospheric. The story isn't especially compelling and it is slow.
Published on September 5, 2009 by F. Davie
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