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Silent Light

3.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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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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  • 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:
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  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment / Mantarraya
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B002C8YSDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silent Light" on IMDb

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By Nate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2009
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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.
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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.
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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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Saw this year's ago. Now seeing a woman from juarez and she was born near Cuautemoc, where large Colonia of "Menonitas" live. The acting is excellent; the situation difficult for all; the view into a very significant group living in mexico for more than a century important for Americans to know.
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This was a challenging film to watch, and how it did so many awards, I will not know. If you have not watched Foreign Film before, skip this, as it is not for the novice. I can understand some directors' works that project some artistry, convoluted meaning, and mystery, but this one lost me completely.

First of all, it is hardly a Spanish film... ok, so they lived in Mexico, but there is little about and of Mexico here. Ok.... and what about LINGERING shots? I have seen some directors use the 'lingering" shot style, but this was excessive. Especially in the opening, from dark to light?

It took me about 40 minutes to find a storyline. Yes, man is interested in another woman, juggles the emotions of this extramarital affair. Plus, he had about 6 kids, I believe. But, these lingering shots..... I said, watch this "kiss" go on for 10 minutes. And, this was painfully slow, no soundrack, which is fine with me, but sooooo slow!

This reminded me of those Swedish films I have often watched. Religious themes, strange happenings, etc. And I am not one for "strange" endings with religious themes driving it.

All in all, I have not seen a foreign film where you can have a complete conversation with another person, and still not miss a thing! Rizzo
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