Silent Light (Stellet licht)

Critics Consensus

Silent Light demands patience -- and rewards willing viewers with a compassionate and beautifully filmed look at the human condition.



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A man of faith succumbs to a temptation he cannot resist in this drama written and directed by Carlos Reygadas. Johan (Cornelio Wall Fehr) and Esther (Miriam Toews) have been married for years, and live with their children in a Mennonite community Mexico. While Johan and Esther are both taciturn by nature, a moral dilemma is tearing Johan apart -- he's been having an affair with another woman in their circle, Marianne (Maria Pankratz), and feels he may be falling in love with her. While the tenants of his faith strictly forbid adultery, his need to be with Marianne seems stronger than the dictates of his moral compass, and while he's confessed his sins to Esther and his close friend Zacarias (Jacobo Klassen), subjecting himself to the shame of truth hasn't buffered his desires. Even worse, after Johan confesses to his father about his lust for Marianne, he's told that he may have fallen under the sway of Satan. Luz Silenciosa (aka Silent Light) received its world premiere at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Silent Light (Stellet licht)

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

  • The film requires an investment from audiences that it more than repays.

    Dec 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • One of the finest filns of the year and absolutely worthy of many repeated viewings.

    Dec 2, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Reygadas communicates in a superbly controlled cinematic idiom and conjures up a hypnotic address to the viewer.

    Dec 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The spectacle of watching these strange blonde-haired characters set against the lush backdrop of Mexico is both startling and engaging.

    Dec 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Lloyd
    Top Critic
  • One of the most shocking, unexpected and daring finales in a long while.

    Jul 29, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The sound of silence... Indulging in few words and even fewer edits, Carlos Reygadas lets his luminous images do the talking as he ponders the human condition and more. Some viewers will cry with boredom; true believers will shed tears of pain and joy.

    Dec 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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