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Silence

  • Starring: Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Issei Ogata, Tadanobu Asano
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Genre(s): Drama, History
  • Languages: English, Japanese
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 159 min.

Two Jesuit priests, Sebastião Rodrigues and Francis Garrpe, travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact. There they witness the persecution of Japanese Christians at the hands of their own government which wishes to purge Japan of all western influence. Eventually the priests separate and Rodrigues travels the countryside, wondering why God remains silent while His children suffer.

"Silence is a monumental work and a punishing one"
- Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"The director's most punishing film since Raging Bull."
- Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Silence feels like a career summation for a filmmaker who has spent his life exploring his faith through his work. Here is a movie about the importance of religion that will move you, regardless of whichever God you worship — or don’t. "
- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Despite its technical and visual grandeur, there’s a moral simplicity to Silence that can sometimes recall the work of perhaps the other greatest deeply Catholic filmmaker, the French master Robert Bresson. "
- Dana Stevens, Slate
"Profound and illusory, Silence shows Martin Scorsese at the confessional, in sensationally cinematic style, delivering perhaps his most intimate work to date. "
- Blake Goble, Consequence of Sound
"Building implacable dread and tension from scene to scene, the story is as simple as its underlying ideas are endlessly complex. "
- Justin Chang, Angeles Times
"It works on more than one level, taking you on a far greater emotional journey and leaving you with more food for thought than any genre film in memory."
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"With the religious historical drama Silence, Martin Scorsese proves he's as masterful a filmmaker with men of God as he is with gangsters."
- Brian Truitt, USA Today
"No one with a genuine belief in the possibilities and mysteries of cinema would think of missing Silence. It's essential filmmaking from the church of Scorsese, a modern master who lives and breathes in the images he puts on screen."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Scorsese has hit the rare heights of Ingmar Bergman and Carl Theodor Dreyer, artists who found in religion a battleground that often left the strongest in tatters, compromised and ruined. It’s a movie desperately needed at a moment when bluster must yield to self-reflection. "
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

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