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Silent Light

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Silent Light

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
136 minutes
Limited Release Date:
01/07/09
performer:
Maria Pankratz, Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Peter Wall
director:
Carlos Reygadas
distributor:
Palisades Pictures
author:
Carlos Reygadas
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

How do we know that ?the images of filmmaker Carlos Reygadas — a slowly awakening dawn, a married farmer kissing the woman he loves — are reverently artful? ? Because Reygadas holds them for what feels ?like eternity. He creates ? a meditation that drifts into torpor. Set in a ?Mennonite community in Mexico, Silent Light, a glacial tale of adultery, features a “miraculous” climax — ?it mingles the living and the dead — ripped off from Carl Dreyer’s Ordet (1955), one of the great religious films. The stab at sublimity-by-proxy doesn’t take. C