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Silent Light


Location: Bartos Screening Room

Dir. Carlos Reygadas. 2007. 136 mins. 35mm print courtesy Kino Lorber. In Low German, Spanish, French, and English with subtitles. With Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz. Set, cast, and filmed entirely on location in the Mexican Mennonite community near Chihuahua, Silent Light tells the story of Johan, a married man who against the laws of his faith and traditional beliefs falls in love with another woman. He’s faced with an internal dilemma: either betray his wife and disrupt the stability of the community, or forsake his true love and possible future happiness. Reygadas continues his provocative pairing of nonprofessional performance with staggering aesthetic ambition, the latter exemplified by opening and closing shots of awe-inspiring sublimity. “A solemn and profound film.There is not a false instant in the film, and the performances assume an almost holy reality.” – Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times.

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