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Stellet licht

Silent light
(DVD - 2009 - Low German)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a man betrays his family by having an affair with another woman, which changes the course of events with both his wife and his mistress.
Title: Stellet licht
Silent light
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] : Palisades Tartan Video : Distributed by Vivendi Entertainment, 2009.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (136 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: "Making of" documentary; interviews; film notes; deleted scenes.
Summary: In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a man betrays his family by having an affair with another woman, which changes the course of events with both his wife and his mistress.
Audience: Not rated.
Alternate Title: Silent light
Statement of Responsibility: written and directed by Carlos Reygadas ; produced by Jaime Romandia, Carlos Reygadas
Credits: Music, Jaime Baksht ; director of photography, Alexis Zabé.
Performers: Cornelio Wall, Maria Pankratz, Miriam Toews.
System Details: DVD, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1), NTSC region 1, Dolby Digital.
Other Language: In Plautdietsch German with English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Drama. Mennonites Drama.
Genre/Form: Foreign films-Mexico.
German language materials.
Foreign films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Low German language materials.
Man-woman relationships
Mennonites
Publisher No: TVD2051
TVD2051
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Sep 11, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is definitely an art film, not to be approached as entertainment, but that being said, at approx. 130 minutes, for me it was simply too long by a good 40 minutes at least. I like beautiful composition and don't require nonstop action, but this is too deliberate for me.

Sep 10, 2013
  • juskow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A genuine masterpiece- in every sense of the word. That doesn't happen often in cinema, and I can't remember the last time I've thought that about a film. Every scene, frame, and shot is perfect. It is even more perfect in a theater, projected onto the screen, where you can see how he plays with shadow and light... but dvd is a fine enough runner up. If you care about art in any way, you MUST see this film.

Though not for the impatient, this is a true masterpiece, and I'll have to watch his earlier Japon. His previous film "Battle in Heaven" felt like a fashionable exercise in miserablism, but I'll have to reconsider in light of the joys of this one. Thanks for acquiring this NYPL!
-Kris

Apr 12, 2011
  • noisexorcist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the first film I saw by Carlos Reygadas. He is now one of my top ten favorite directors. All of his films are incredible - there is nothing else like them. Silent Light is a very slow film, but don't let that turn you off. The action is in the quiet beauty of the film and the intense emotional brilliance of it all. This is a film that has to be watched with patient contemplation. It is more of an experience than a movie. Despite the slow pace I could watch this film over and over and always get something new from it. It is a brilliant piece of art.

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