Silence

Silence

DVD - 2017
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Two Catholic missionaries face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan looking for their missing mentor, at a time when Catholicism was outlawed.

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gloogai
Oct 02, 2017

Very well-made movie. Very thoughtful. Based on a novel by a Japanese writer, I believe its main intention is to say something about Japanese history and culture, rather than focusing on Christianity.

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llane
Sep 16, 2017

Captivatingly boring ?????? sad , well acted

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bobbles1
Sep 07, 2017

I write a few weeks after watching this great movie, and it still haunts me....the bravery of these men and women and the strength of their faith is striking.....but they were not able to overcome the tortuous, hopelessness-inducing, seeming inevitability of failure in the face of the impregnability of Japanese culture to Christianity....and this is explained well here on a secular level.....it is interesting to compare it to the Shin Godzilla movie, another explication of Japanese culture which is permeated with tradition, hierarchy, and subtle power relationships, all unchallenged and unchallengeable in both movies, and which have so far protected the culture from change and evolution.....

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duane767
Sep 05, 2017

A good movie somewhat messed up by an ambiguous ending, IMO. Andrew Garfield begins his ascent into another territory of acting here - or has this been his talent level all along and I've just been corrupted by the Amazing Spider Man 2??

Franln Aug 26, 2017

I knew nothing of the Japanese Christians in the 1600s. Interesting story. Andrew Garfield is an amazing actor and the guy who played the Inquisitor was fantastic. Be sure to watch the bonus feature.

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ausnos
Aug 22, 2017

I saw no point in making this movie. I did not care for any of the characters. This movie should have been a lot shorter than it was.

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Hopalong_Kid
Aug 03, 2017

Beautiful, thought provoking movie

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Wootex
Jul 21, 2017

Super long, super unpleasant. I'm not saying all movies need to be goofy fun-fests, but unless the subject matter is already interesting to you, this movie doesn't do much to keep you engaged.

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lisaejones
Jul 20, 2017

This movie is very intense and is worth watching. It took me on a journey and I had to know how it ended. Andrew Garfield was compelling as a priest trying to teach Christianity in 16th Century Japan where it is outlawed. It's a story of faith, strength and government and which one will prevail. I really enjoyed the movie, even though I'm not a fan of subtitles, it held my interest til the end.

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fdb045
Jul 19, 2017

Wow - very powerful movie. Very well done.
It's nice to see "Hollywood" make a non-traditional "Hollywood" movie.

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jimg2000
May 12, 2017

There lays an interesting story about the Dimeov who ruled there. He had four concubines. Four.
They were all beautiful, but they. I'm sorry. Maybe this is not a story for a celibate priest.
-It's alright, please go on.
In that case, the Dimeov's concubines were all jealous. And they fought and fought without end, so the Dimeov Hirado drove them away from his castle. And peace came into his life again. Do you think this story has a lesson?
-Yes. That this was a very wise man.
I'm glad. That means you understand the Dimeov is like Japan. And these concubines are Spain,
Portugal, Holland, England. Each trying to gain advantage against the other and destroy the house
in the process. Since you said this man is wise, you will understand why we must outlaw the Christians.
-Well. Our Church teaches monogamy. One wife. What if Japan were to choose one lawful wife from the four?
You mean Portugal?
-No. I mean the Holy Church.

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jimg2000
May 12, 2017

We have our own religion, Padre. Pity you did not notice it.
-No, no. We just think a different way.
True. You believe our Buddhas are only men. Just human beings.
-Even a Buddha dies. Like all men, he is not the creator.
You are ignorant! Padre, only a Christian would see Buddha simply as a man. Our Buddha is a being, which men can become. Something greater than himself. If he can overcome all his illusions. But you cling to your illusions and call them faith.
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I'd like for you to think about the persistent love of an ugly woman. And how a barren woman should never be a wife.
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What would you do for them? Pray? And get what in return? Only more suffering. A suffering only you can end, not God!
-Go away from from me.
I pray too, Rodriguez. It doesn't help. Go on. Pray. But pray with your eyes open.You can spare them. They call out for help, just as you call to God. He is silent and you do not have to be.

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jimg2000
May 12, 2017

Surely, God heard their prayers as they died. But did he hear their screams? How can I explain his silence to these people, who have endured so much? I need all my strength to understand it myself.
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Our religion does not take root in this country. Because the roots have been torn up.
-No. Because this country is a swamp. Nothing grows here.
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I'm just a foreigner who brought disaster. That's what they think of me now. I dream of now Saint Francis. What happened to all the glorious possibility he found here? What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ? I feel so tempted. I feel so tempted to despair. I'm afraid. The wait of your silence is terrible. I pray but I'm lost. Or am I just praying to nothing? Nothing. Because you're not there.
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Lord, I fought against your silence....To this very day. Everything I do, everything I've done. Speaks of him. It was in the silence that I heard your voice.

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Violence: Many scenes of torture and murder. Beheading.

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