Silent Light (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Original title:  Stellet Licht

Mexico/France/The Netherlands/Germany, 2007, , , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Carlos Reygadas.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Slow, meditative film that examines the lives of Mennonites living in a ranch community in Mexico. The father of a farming family finds his soul torn in multiple directions because he cannot decide between his love for his wife and the affection he feels for another woman with whom he has begun an affair. Scenes of regular, everyday life are played out against gorgeous vistas as the man prays to God for guidance, while the natural world around him gives off a glorious beauty that makes every frame of this film radiate. It’s got a fascinating ending that fans of Dreyer will go crazy for, but the downside is how disaffecting it is: Carlos Reygadas is an incredibly bold filmmaker who has taken his camera into a world that the cinema knows very little of, but his characters are hardly more than types and never fully work their way into our hearts.

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Jury Prize

Toronto International Film Festival:  2007

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