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Silence (2012)

Eoghan is a sound recordist who is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years. His reason for returning is a job offer: to find and record places free from man-made sound. His ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Andrew Bennett ...
Marie Coyne ...
Tommy Fahy ...
Michael Harding ...
Local Man Ballycroy
Jens K. Müller ...
Pater Lacey ...
Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride ...
Eoghan Mac Suibhne
Patrick O'Connor ...
Local Man the Buren
Hilary O'Shaughnessy ...
Tim Robinson ...
Paul Rogers ...
Jordan Shields ...


Eoghan is a sound recordist who is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years. His reason for returning is a job offer: to find and record places free from man-made sound. His quest takes him away from towns and villages into remote terrain. Throughout his journey, he is drawn into a series of encounters and conversations which gradually divert his attention towards a more intangible silence, one that is bound up with the sounds of the life he had left behind. Influenced by elements of folklore and archive, Silence unfolds with a quiet intensity, where poetic images reveal an absorbing meditation on themes relating to sound and silence, history, memory and exile. Written by Anonymous

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"Exceptional, poetic and cinematographic..."
25 November 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Irish screenwriter, producer and director Pat Collins' debut feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriters Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride and Sharon Whooley, premiered at the 10th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in Ireland and is an Irish production which was produced by television and film producer Tina Moran. It tells the story about a man named Eoghan who lives in the capital city of Germany where he records sounds, and who after making the decision to continue his work elsewhere says goodbye to a woman he knows and sets out on a journey towards the province of Ulster in Ireland which is his homeland.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Irish filmmaker Pat Collins, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a perceptive and calmly engaging portrayal of an Irish sound recordist who leaves Berlin, Germany and returns to the country he left many years ago to record sounds which are not made by humans. While notable for its majestic milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Richard Kendrick, choice of location and use of sound, time, music, colors and archival footage, this character-driven story about peoples connection to places where documentary and fiction is eloquently incorporated, fragments of history recurs and a person who drives, walks, talks, contemplates and carefully listens to the wind, the birds, the trees, the waves and the people he encounters on his self-reflective pilgrimage, depicts a meditative and lingering study of character.

This observational and prominently reflective and atmospheric drama which is set mostly in Donegal, Ireland during a spring in the 21st century and where a man who seeks, is guided by and interprets sounds becomes drawn to his origins, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, distinct dialog scenes and the rare acting performance by Irish actor, screenwriter and director Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride. An exceptional, poetic and cinematographic narrative feature which gained the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award Eoghan Giolla Bhride at the 10th Jameson Dublin Film Festival in 2012.

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