Intent on investigating the truth behind Father Cristovão Ferreira's abrupt end of correspondence, the devout Portuguese Catholic priests, Sebastião Rodrigues and Francisco Garupe, set off to Japan, in 1633. In great disbelief, as the rumours of Ferreira's apostasy still echo in their minds, the zealous Jesuit missionaries try to locate their mentor, amid the bloodshed of the violent anti-Christian purges. Under those circumstances, the two men and the Japanese guide, Kichijiro, arrive in Japan, only to witness firsthand the unbearable burden of those who have a different belief in a land founded on tradition. Now--as the powerful Grand Inquisitor, Inoue, performs hideous tortures on the brave Japanese Christians--Father Rodrigues will soon have to put his faith to the ultimate test: renounce it in exchange for the prisoners' lives. There, in the ends of the world, a subtle change has begun; however, why is God's silence so deafening?Written by
While growing his hair and beard to play a seventeenth-century Jesuit priest for this movie, Andrew Garfield appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) and read a tweet from a user who claimed he looked "like a pedophile that lives in an RV". See more »
Father Rodrigues meets Monica and he asks her name. Once told, he replies "ahhh, like the mother of (St.) Augustine." He pronounces "Augustine" as "Oww-gus-teen" not the correct "Ahh-gus-tin" in English. See more »
1633. Pax Christi. Praised be God. Although for us there is little peace in this land now. I never knew Japan when it was a country of light, but I have never known it to be as dark as it is now. All our progress has ended in new persecution, new repression, new suffering. They use ladles filled with holes so the drops would come out slowly, and the pain would be prolonged. Each small splash of the water was like a burning coal. The Governor of Nagasaki took four friars,...
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Silence features some of the most beautiful imagery to be seen in a Scorsese picture and it manages to tell a very fascinating story about faith. It has a very unique mood that is simultaneously haunting, sad and oddly cozy (strange choice of words perhaps). It really draws the viewer into its world and engages you in its characters. The only thing that detracts and distracts in this film is the fact that Driver and Garfield have been given rather inconsistent and distracting, supposedly Portuguese accents, that don't add to the film and seem unnecessary.
Highly recommended to the religious and non-religious alike!
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