Silence

Silence

DVD - 2017
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Two Catholic missionaries face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan looking for their missing mentor, at a time when Catholicism was outlawed.
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Paramount Pictures, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: SIL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 160 minutes) : DVD video, digital ; 12 cm
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byoneoka
Sep 14, 2019

Based on an improbable premise--tho apparently historically true--the movie skillfully shifts gear from one of Catholic missionaries in an inhospitable foreign culture of Japan in the 1600s. Issues raised are of the cultural basis of religion, and the role of apostasy left to the surviving Jesuit priest. What makes this movie by Scorsese and adapted from a novel by S Endo so exacting is the challenge to deep traditions of Christian beliefs and a Japan of a religion of Nature and of Buddhism. This clash of views is summarized in the dialog between Father Rodriguez and the former Father Ferreira. While not definitively settled, the film gives the viewer much to contemplate and rarely treated. In so doing, the film is elevated to high art.

thewitt3 Aug 22, 2019

This film made me think about faith and despair in new ways. It's challenging to the viewer, and beautifully made. I think it deserves to be considered a great film.

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queensthief
May 17, 2019

This isn't entertainment; it's literature on film. Very faithful to its source material, Silence is riveting for its dissonance and unsettling way of asking difficult questions—for believers and nonbelievers alike—yet offering no answers. It's part of the reason it can feel a bit longer than it needs to be; the entire purpose is your discomfort. Are there cultures where Christianity as you know it simply doesn't work? Does apostatizing make Jesus happier if it saves innocent lives? Would you rather be Rodrigues or Kichijiro? The answers, if you find any, should challenge you.

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Shuken_1989
Mar 24, 2019

An excellent and unbiased look at the Jesuit missions to Japan in the 1600s. Though the movie paints the two Jesuit priests, who are its main characters, as heroes it still does a good job of portraying the effect that they had on the politics and the people around them. The acting and attention to detail in the costumes is also worth a thumbs up. The movie is not as violent as most Scorsese films, though be warned there are intense torture scenes scattered through out.

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Ace4aDay
Mar 07, 2019

While Scorsese was going for sympathy for persecution of the early Japanese Catholics, I just couldn't shake the feeling that Japan was simply defending its cultural identity in the wake of an attempted religious coup. This put me at odds with the story and made the nearly 3 hour running time seem like an eternity. Did you ever wonder who would win a cage match featuring Kylo Ren, Qui-Gon Jinn, and the Amazing Spiderman? Yeah. It was that slow.

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Janice21383
Feb 05, 2019

Not sure what Scorsese was getting at here. On the surface, it's a story about missionaries bringing Christianity and more misery into the lives of Japanese peasants -- while not mentioning in its almost three-hour run time that they're being persecuted because Europeans and their Christian allies had just tried to take over the government (see: Central and South America.) But it turns out his approach is almost entirely questioning, or even negative, especially on the part of the missionaries. Why are they there? Why is God silent in the face of suffering? Is there a God? Why am I watching this? Silence does not strike me as insightful about either culture. SPOILER: drink! when a Japanese Christian betrays his faith. One sidekick of the missionaries does so three times -- and they keep taking him back, the scamp.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 11, 2019

Martin Scorsese's latest film (as of this writing), based on a novel by Shusaku Endo, is by no means his best or most interesting, but it is his most challenging and demanding, which I guess is something. Set in 17th century Japan, it's about Jesuit missionaries trying to penetrate that country and the persecution they and their acolytes faced. At nearly three hours and entirely free of humor or irony, it's a singularly grueling film experience with dour performances and some brutal scenes of torture (It's not particularly flattering towards the Japanese characters.). Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver are good actors, but not very convincing as Portuguese missionaries. It does raise some provocative questions about faith, but doesn't pursue them. The best performance is by Taiwan as Japan and it is a visually striking film. Forms something of a religious trilogy with Scorsese's earlier films, "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "Kundun."

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miyoch
Dec 19, 2018

Extremely long and boring.

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celtia
Nov 09, 2018

Two Catholic missionaries face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan looking for their missing mentor, at a time when Catholicism was outlawed.
Liam Neeson

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megaculpa
Jul 16, 2018

A competent editor might have moved this film from half a star to one star by cutting the running time to 90 minutes.

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jimg2000
May 12, 2017

There lays an interesting story about the Dimeov who ruled there. He had four concubines. Four.
They were all beautiful, but they. I'm sorry. Maybe this is not a story for a celibate priest.
-It's alright, please go on.
In that case, the Dimeov's concubines were all jealous. And they fought and fought without end, so the Dimeov Hirado drove them away from his castle. And peace came into his life again. Do you think this story has a lesson?
-Yes. That this was a very wise man.
I'm glad. That means you understand the Dimeov is like Japan. And these concubines are Spain,
Portugal, Holland, England. Each trying to gain advantage against the other and destroy the house
in the process. Since you said this man is wise, you will understand why we must outlaw the Christians.
-Well. Our Church teaches monogamy. One wife. What if Japan were to choose one lawful wife from the four?
You mean Portugal?
-No. I mean the Holy Church.

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jimg2000
May 12, 2017

We have our own religion, Padre. Pity you did not notice it.
-No, no. We just think a different way.
True. You believe our Buddhas are only men. Just human beings.
-Even a Buddha dies. Like all men, he is not the creator.
You are ignorant! Padre, only a Christian would see Buddha simply as a man. Our Buddha is a being, which men can become. Something greater than himself. If he can overcome all his illusions. But you cling to your illusions and call them faith.
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I'd like for you to think about the persistent love of an ugly woman. And how a barren woman should never be a wife.
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What would you do for them? Pray? And get what in return? Only more suffering. A suffering only you can end, not God!
-Go away from from me.
I pray too, Rodriguez. It doesn't help. Go on. Pray. But pray with your eyes open.You can spare them. They call out for help, just as you call to God. He is silent and you do not have to be.

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jimg2000
May 12, 2017

Surely, God heard their prayers as they died. But did he hear their screams? How can I explain his silence to these people, who have endured so much? I need all my strength to understand it myself.
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Our religion does not take root in this country. Because the roots have been torn up.
-No. Because this country is a swamp. Nothing grows here.
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I'm just a foreigner who brought disaster. That's what they think of me now. I dream of now Saint Francis. What happened to all the glorious possibility he found here? What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ? I feel so tempted. I feel so tempted to despair. I'm afraid. The wait of your silence is terrible. I pray but I'm lost. Or am I just praying to nothing? Nothing. Because you're not there.
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Lord, I fought against your silence....To this very day. Everything I do, everything I've done. Speaks of him. It was in the silence that I heard your voice.

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Violence: Many scenes of torture and murder. Beheading.

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