The Look of Silence (2015)
Critic Consensus: 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.
"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.
Audience Reviews for The Look of Silence
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.
"The Look of Silence" is astonishing. Joshua has the strength to ask the difficult questions to those who committed mass genocide. He manages to capture all of this on film and is able to share the grief of loosing his brother with grace.
This is a heavy, somber film that still manages to be engaging and entrancing. One of the most disturbing films I've ever seen, even with it containing essentially zero on-screen violence. You won't necessarily enjoy it, but you won't forget it.
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