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The Look of Silence delivers a less shocking -- yet just as terribly compelling -- companion piece to Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing.
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Every scene weighs on the audience. But Oppenheimer and Adi manage to locate a lightness as well that lessens the burden.
Oppenheimer's follow-up, The Look of Silence, is more lucid but less interesting.
"The Look of Silence" is so disturbing because so few people in it seem disturbed.
A reminder that the architects of a massive tragedy remain present and unrepentant, the personification of the evil men do and a warning that it could happen again.
Killing focused on the surreal reenactment of mass genocide by its elderly perpetrators. Silence makes it personal.
The Look of Silence couldn't possibly equal its predecessor, but it's still a wrenching and unforgettable experience.
Judging from the reactions of the murderers The Look of Silence captures, this may be a conversation that could go on for decades. Heaven knows where they'll end up, but at least through this film and Adi's mission the victims have a voice.
The Look of Silence brings the ferocity to the big screen with a delicate lens, and this juxtaposition is the reason why I would claim this is one of the best documentaries of the year.
Oppenheimer almost entirely dispenses with the intertextual parlour games of The Act of Killing, and instead seems more content to let his camera quietly capture the story.
The film's harrowing tales of murder, mutilation, and the difficulty of forgiveness, are painfully true.
The conversations are sharply-observed; Oppenheimer keeps in a lot of material that less confident directors might have cut.
The Look of Silence is a much more somber and telling work, and while it lacks "Killing's" lurid enigmatic allure, it's no less dark and registers wholly, one hundred times, more human.
Despite its tendency to place more the interviewer at the center of the doc than its subject, and how his confrontation seems at times fruitless and misguided, this welcome follow-up to The Act of Killing is also revealing as it exposes a country trying to bury its past.
An interesting film that looks at the Indonesian genocide of the sixties. Unfortunately it comes on the heels of an Act of Killing which covers the same topic in a much stronger way. Not a bad effort, just not great.
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