Le Silence de la Mer Reviews

June 21, 2015
Melville called it an "anti-cinematic" film, and he creates the expressiveness in what remains unspoken, the glances and gestures that take on grand drama in the minimalist presentation.
June 13, 2015
Although the movie's narrative and acting style are typical of older films, "Le Silence de la Mer" has a modern sensibility and feel, embracing subtlety and ambiguity in a way that was idiosyncratic at the time.
January 26, 2012
if the niece's silence gives intimate expression to a whole nation's resistance, Werner too, far from being demonised as a villain, himself becomes a dramatic embodiment of the tensions within occupied France.
Top Critic
March 3, 2008
Filmed in the most daring way imaginable, using a new cinematic language of transient expressions and glances, the film was a root influence on Bresson and the whole French New Wave.
March 3, 2008
The Occupation and its effects on people's emotional lives are recurrent themes in Melville's work, which has inspired the likes of Bresson, Astruc, Resnais and Rohmer.
March 3, 2008
Jean-Pierre Melville's great, too little-remembered debut, and a classic example of circumstance leading to aesthetic advance.
July 27, 2007
Requisite viewing for any student of post-war French cinema.
April 14, 2003
Melville's film is stimulating and perplexing.