Especially when nothing changes. Used to be human beings telling their stories, their secrets brought people closer together to change things. I used to think the whole Roman Catholic system and scandal were extremely INHUMANE, but I think it goes beyond that to something else. There is nothing of the "Human' let alone the humane left if the empty shells of men called bishops and cardinals.
It's not a good place formen, women, children or any other living things.
You don't come back from the dark place they have gone and taken so many innocent souls with them.
I like this movie, but it seemed a little slow. I was raised catholic and sometimes felt the church as a whole was getting a bad rap and yet it seems deserved. Hows that for contradiction? It certainly opens up the lines of communication about religion, homosexuality, and celibacy in the priesthood. Some secondary themes may include family expectations and work ethic as well.
This is yet another film about the tensions and hypocrisy regarding the interlinked issues of celibacy and homosexuality among Roman Catholic Church clergy, as much within the higher ranks of the clergy (bishops and cardinals) as among priests. Apparently the movie is based upon real events, but the kind of interlocking scandals that the film depicts have become ever more so common that one wonders just which scandal, of so many, inspired this film! Well, it was, obviously, one that took place in Ireland, the setting of the film; that nation (rather later than most in Europe and the Americas) has joined the ranks of Catholic countries whose populations have been setting themselves adrift in recent decades from the Roman Church over the likes of such issues and scandals.
Here, an honest seminarian suffers from seminary staff's and administrators' harsh legalism and unjustly lewd accusations. As well, a bishop's hypocrisy, impacts directly two priests in the plot and blows "the Church" open to public scandal. Blah-blah-blah, but the film is a fine one, for the most part, and rather gripping. The chief criticism is that the action stops so abruptly after the sudden and dramatic revelation, on the the broadcast media, of the bishop's probable turpitude and dishonesty which have resulted in so much harm to others. The viewer cannot help, with frustration, but to wonder what the immediate consequence of all of that would be, especially for the seminarian and for the journalist, not to mention for the roguish bishop. (For more detailed accounts of the film's plot, the reviews, though few in number, on Amazon-U.S. are helpful in recounting it, as Wikipedia's article about the film also is useful.)
As for the bilingual edition (French and English) of the DVD product (marketed in Canada as Chrystal Films 50631), it would have helped if there had been a "special feature" that would inform about the topical context of the motion picture and provide other insights into it. Given the Irish accents of the cast, subtitles would have proved helpful; even most Anglophones with better ears than the reviewer's have become with age are likely to have difficulty discerning all of the English dialogue without them. (The film can be viewed in French, too, again with no subtitles.)
"Conspiracy of Silence" is an enjoyable film, but one which is rather too stunted due to its excessively abrupt ending.