How do we know that ?the images of filmmaker Carlos Reygadas — a slowly awakening dawn, a married farmer kissing the woman he loves — are reverently artful? ? Because Reygadas holds them for what feels ?like eternity. He creates ? a meditation that drifts into torpor. Set in a ?Mennonite community in Mexico, Silent Light, a glacial tale of adultery, features a “miraculous” climax — ?it mingles the living and the dead — ripped off from Carl Dreyer’s Ordet (1955), one of the great religious films. The stab at sublimity-by-proxy doesn’t take. C
Genre: Drama; Starring: Maria Pankratz, Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Peter Wall; Director: Carlos Reygadas; Author: Carlos Reygadas; Release Date Limited: 01/07/2009; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 136; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Palisades Pictures
Posted January 14 2009 — 12:00 AM EST
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