Silence (2016)

“subdued suffering”

Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Yōsuke Kubozuka and Liam Neeson

Films about punishment should rightfully be punishing to watch, though Silence goes about this task with a naturalistic style that makes it feel like a slog rather than a journey of enlightenment or reflection. It raises interesting questions concerning faith, and delivers small, powerful moments of internal revelation, but Andrew Garfield’s performance isn’t captivating enough to hold interest through the (sizeable) time we spend alone with him. While faith is the focus of the events of the film, exchanges between characters also concern little else, meaning scant connection can be made with them before their suffering unfolds.

Ferreira: You see Jesus in Gethsemane and believe your trial is the same as His. Those five in the pit are suffering too, just like Jesus, but they don’t have your pride. They would never compare themselves to Jesus. Do you have the right to make them suffer? I heard the cries of suffering in this same cell. And I acted.

Further Reading:
Through ‘Silence’, Martin Scorsese examines his own spiritual journey by Glenn Whipp for the Los Angeles Times available here

A Brief History of Martin Scorsese’s Cinematic Obsession with Religion by Zach Schonfield available here

What do you think of Silence? Leave a comment below!

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