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A Silent Love (2004)

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A pair of e-mailing lovers discover romance is more difficult in the real world than in cyberspace, especially when a highly unexpected rivalry comes into the picture in this understated comedy drama. Norman (Noël Burton) is a middle-aged college professor from Montreal who, through an on-line dating service, has been corresponding with Gladys (Vanessa Bauche), an attractive younger woman from Mexico. Emboldened by the dating service's prediction that their relationship has a 61 percent chance of lasting, Norman flies to Mexico to ask for Gladys' hand in marriage. Gladys accepts, but only under the condition that her mother, Fernanda (Susana Salazar), can join them in Canada. Norman agrees, but it isn't long before both Norman and Gladys discover the chemistry they enjoyed through the mail doesn't work nearly as well in person. Gladys wonders aloud if Norman actually wrote his own letters, and Norman starts to suspect his new bride is more interested in a green card than in him. Matters become all the more difficult when Norman finds himself becoming infatuated with Fernanda, who is not much older than he is and quite attractive for her age. A Silent Love was the first feature film from director Federico Hidalgo, who co-wrote the screenplay with Paulina Robles, his spouse.

Cast

Noël Burton
as Norman Green
Regina Orozco
as Ana-Francisca
Jorge Zárate
as Valdivia
Peter Kosaka
as Sushi Chef
Lisette Guertin
as Joyce Phelps
Rosario Zuniga
as Hair Dresser
Li Li
as Sushi Bar Waitress/Niece
Lydia Zadel
as Student #1
Marcus Roberts
as Waitress' Boyfriend
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Critic Reviews for A Silent Love

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

Director Federico Hidalgo moves the film at a thoughtful pace and refuses to impose a tidy prefabricated conclusion on his story of marriage and misunderstanding.

February 17, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Its charms sneak up on you because of the nuanced performances of Burton, Bauche and particularly Salazar as their characters discover that what people think they want and what ultimately makes them happy aren't necessarily the same thing.

November 18, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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They're vibrant individuals with minds of their own, which is another way of saying that they only occasionally obey the dictates of Hollywood romantic-comedy convention.

November 17, 2004 | Full Review…

[An] intelligent, understated, humanistic film.

November 16, 2004

This story of a shy Canadian professor who weds a younger Mexican woman he has met online is not content to be a feel-good intercultural idyll.

October 29, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A Silent Love manages to entertain while saying something about loneliness and culture shock.

October 29, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4

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