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Silent Light (2007)

Stellet Licht (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 12 October 2007 (Mexico)
In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

Director:

Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

Carlos Reygadas

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Cast

Credited cast:
Cornelio Wall Cornelio Wall ... Johan
Miriam Toews Miriam Toews ... Esther
Maria Pankratz ... Marianne
Peter Wall Peter Wall ... Padre
Jacobo Klassen Jacobo Klassen ... Zacarias
Elizabeth Fehr Elizabeth Fehr ... Madre
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Jacques Brel ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

Johan (Cornelio Wall Fehr), a Mennonite living in Mexico, is tormented with guilt over his extramarital affair with Marianne (Maria Pankratz). His father (Peter Wall), best friend (Jacobo Klassen) and wife (Miriam Toews) know the truth, but Johan's suffering has to do with his faith, which he can't reconcile with his deeds. Written by dfwforeignbuff

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Language:

Low German | Spanish | French | English

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Chihuahua, Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

€980,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,967, 11 January 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,293, 1 February 2009
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reygadas uses real-life Mennonites instead of professional actors in the film. See more »

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Les Bonbons
Written and performed by Jacques Brel
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Excellent film, a touching work of art
9 November 2007 | by cargs_2000See all my reviews

It is a very good film. This is contemplation cinema, with beautiful landscapes and really touching scenes. Although the argument isn't an innovative one, the context and the way the director captures its work empowers the story and succeeds in maintaining viewers attention despite the long shots that often makes the spectator to run out of patience, to get distracted or bored. Innovative context. The first movie about Mexican mennonites (40 000)in their own language (plautietsch)played by real mennonites that aren't real actors. It shows in an honest way their life style in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, how they live almost without interacting with Spanish speaking mexicans. Up to now, definitely Carlos Reygadas best film. I'm not saying that everybody would enjoy this film, but to me it is an excellent movie and I broadly recommend it. Its awards are richly deserved. "Stellet Licht" is a work of art.


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