In Pursuit of Silence

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In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. Beginning with an ode to John Cage's seminal silent composition 4'33", the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into the quiet spaces of hearts. As much a work of devotion as it is a documentary, IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, with sound, and the impact of noise on our lives.

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  • A remarkable documentary that paradoxically proves that when it comes to silence, there is a lot to be said as well as a great deal to be shown.

    Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • [A] beguiling, meditative and elegantly photographed documentary.

    Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • In Pursuit of Silence doesn't really tell you much that you didn't already instinctively know - silence is good, loud noise is bad - but it does provide a sporadically interesting overview that could well have you rethinking your next vacation plans.

    Jun 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • As much a visual treat as an aural one, the film divides its time between using the tools of cinema to isolate and enhance the beauty of sounds and silence and exploring different schools of thought on the subject.

    Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    NPR
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  • Its arguments range wide without going deep, but its factoids about the medical benefits of hanging out in a forest - and the cognitive costs of a noisy school or hospital - are fascinating and persuasive.

    Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Patrick Shen has made a fascinating documentary with In Pursuit of Silence, which stops the viewer short in the horrendous cacophony of the modern world.

    Oct 20, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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