Silent Light (Stellet Licht) (2007)

CARLOS REYGADAS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Mexico/France/The Netherlands/Germany, 2007, , , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Carlos Reygadas.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 2007Independent Spirit Awards 2008Toronto International Film Festival 2007.

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.

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