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The Silence (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on March 1, 2011

One of Makhmalbaf’s finest.  The film is so packed with gorgeous, colorful imagery and dense symbolism that it often feels like something by Paradjanov.  It’s a remarkable statement about poverty that never wallows in it, and even deceptively obscures it in shrouds of visual and aural beauty.  Beauty that often lulls and lures Khorshid into danger… danger of being lost, danger of being late for work (and losing his family’s only income), even danger of being shot.  And it’s hard not to be seduced by the aesthetic pleasures Makhmalbaf produces, a celebration of the loveliness of life, bits of cotton in the ears to block out its miseries.  I’m still not crazy about the young lead actor (the word “wooden” comes to mind) but otherwise it’s sublime.  Rating: 9


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