Silent Light

  • 15
  • Carlos Reygadas (2007)
  • Mex / Fr / Neth (SUB)
  • 130 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This sombre tale about the clash between religious duty and carnal desire was shot on location in Chihuahua, Mexico. It's set in the Mennonite community, a religious sect of Europeans whose flight from persecution led them to Canada in the 1800s, and then to Mexico in the 1920s. One of their present number is Johan (Cornelio Wall Fehr), whose illicit affair with Marianne (Maria Pankratz) is pushing his wife (Miriam Toews) and family towards crisis. As interested in the stately pace of life among the separatist Mennonite communities as Johan's understated crisis of conscience, Mexican film-maker Carlos Reygadas (Battle in Heaven, Japón) lets the drama inch forward at a funereal pace. The film demands patience and rewards with some beautiful moments, not least of all its opening, time-lapse shot of dawn gradually breaking. Yet although it's impossible not to be awed by the confidence of Reygadas's cinematic poetry, the film's pacing and overbearing stillness ultimately proves rather alienating.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Maria Pankratz, Cornelio Wall Fehr and Miriam Toews. A married man struggles to reconcile his religious beliefs with his feelings for his lover. Caught up in the passion of the affair, he pushes his family to crisis point while wrestling with his conscience.

Cast and crew

Cast

Johan
Cornelio Wall Fehr
Esther
Miriam Toews
Marianne
Maria Pankratz
Father
Peter Wall
Mother
Elisabeth Fehr
Zacarias
Jacobo Klassen

Crew

Director
Carlos Reygadas

Other Information

Language: 
German, French, Spanish +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Tartan
Guidance: 
Sex scenes.
Available on DVD
Released 7 Dec 2007
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Tartan Video Ltd
Categories
Drama

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