Silence (2016) Sunday, 29 March 2020

Silence (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    15 (UK): Strong violence, scenes of torture.

  • The pitch:

    Enjoy the Silence.

  • Starring:

    Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yôsuke Kubozuka

  • Directed by:

    Martin Scorsese

  • Running time:

    161 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are beheaded, tortured, strung up on crucifixes, hung upside down/bled out, drowned, burned alive, held underwater until dead, dragged, scalded, tied up, kicked, shaken, hit with objects, pelted with rocks, imprisoned, restrained. A man watches his family burn to death. A man watches his friend/colleague drowned. A man bangs on walls several times. Arguing, screaming. Persecution, repression, suffering, tens of thousands of Christians executed/beheaded, crucified man took four days to die mentioned. Blood/gore: Many bodies. Severed heads, headless body. Bloody feet, incision, face, forehead, scratches, sword, ground, smear; dripping blood. Pool of blood, brain matter, flesh. Burning bodies. Scars, sores, welts, milky eyes. Filthy, reddened/scalded/sunburned skin, blackened/broken/rotting teeth. Images of Jesus with crown of thorns/blood on forehead. Wound-dressing.


    Men in loincloths, male bottoms. Concubines, fidelity, monogamy, celibacy mentioned.


    Alcohol (sake). Intoxication.


    Name-calling (wretch, peasants, fools, whore, evil, etc). Religious references and exclamations (praise Him Lord Jesus Christ, praise be to God, gospel of his love, in Jesus' name, blessed virgin, God's creatures, go in peace, etc).


    Missionaries, Christianity, 17th-century Japan, evangelism, persecution, betrayal, torture, faith, courage, smuggling, confession, ignorance, truth, martyrdom, forgiveness, apostasy, crisis, history, doubt, ego, tolerance, injustice.


    Dead friends, dead partners, dead family, dead husband. Funeral setting. Vomiting, spitting. Lightning, full moon. Horses, hawk, cats, lizard. Fish eaten. Some Japanese and Latin languages (some subtitles). Based on the novel Silence by Shûsaku Endô.


    Astounding, alive, concentrated, mature, provocative, sophisticated, powerful, slow, thoughtful, epic, strong, challenging, monumental, plangent, scalding, soul-prickling, artful, elegant, focused, searching, grim, eloquent, coherent, shattering, emotional, demanding, poetic, tough, moving, austere, immersive, haunting, fascinating. Subtle/powerful performances, extraordinarily weird/magnificent/exquisite performance by Issey Ogata, subdued/minimalist/faint/subliminal score, phenomenal/striking/gorgeous/painterly/arresting/evocative cinematography, solemn tone, entrancing/visceral/unflinching torture scenes, beautiful/compelling/staggering third act.


    Flawed. Tedious/boring/camp/overplayed/uneven/repetitive at times, distracting accents, Andrew Garfield is miscast as Rodrigues, some pivotal scenes ring strangely hollow.

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