Silent Light
Filmfest 2008

Carlos Reygadas' name is rarely mentioned when journalists write about the new surge of Mexican cinema; they usually cite the three amigos: Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Guillermo Del Toro. Yet Reygadas has made the biggest noise at international film festivals. His JAPÓN and BATTLE IN HEAVEN won praise for their filmmaking rigor, caustic view of Mexico's social ills and often frank take on sex. With SILENT LIGHT Reygadas shocks again. This drama of a Mennonite community in northern Mexico is true to the severe, austere code of the Mennonites. Yet it is shot with such care and creativity, each scene has a visual, emotional luster. The style that predominates in current high-art festival films is minimalist. It follows certain rules, as restrictive as any Mennonite edicts: pare movie technique down to its essentials; show characters behaving, however mutely, rather than acting; make the viewer work for their epiphanies. This style has been responsible for a few masterpieces. SILENT LIGHT is one of them. Mary Corliss, www.time.com, May, 26, 2007

tags: Feature film

Cast: Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz, Peter Wall

Credits

Director: Carlos Reygadas