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Sokout (The Silence)

Posted by martinteller on December 5, 2008

A young blind Tajikistan boy works as an instrument manufacturer’s apprentice in order to pay his mother’s rent.  The problem is, he is continually distracted by sounds he encounters and is always late for work.  It’s a simple but very poetic and beautiful work by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.  The use of sound and music, particularly the repeated motif of Beethoven’s 5th, is stunning, and the imagery is quite memorable as well.  To be honest, I didn’t care much for the young actor in the lead role, but I really adored the girl who helps him out.  I still haven’t found a Makhmalbaf film as sublime as A Moment of Innocence, but I’m eager to explore more of his work, as well as catching up with some of the Kiarostamis I’ve missed… and hopefully digging deeper into Iranian cinema.  Rating: 9


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