A man stays alone with his children in a half demolished house in the middle of a desolate field. His wife has just been killed by a grenade in a military battle. He is expecting a new attack. Instead a wandering caravan called Circus Fantasticus stops by the house. They bring along the dying director of the circus. Is it possible for anything beautiful to happen in a landscape of war and death? Can life go on? Is it possible to realize that death does not exist?Written by
Official submission of Slovenia the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 84th Academy Awards in 2012. See more »
Amazing and Unforgettable
I saw this movie at the 2011 Santa Rosa International Film Festival. It affected me as few films ever have. I felt that I had just witnessed a labor of love as rarely comes to a screen. The story of a family under attack who witness and become part of a fantastical event grabbed me from the first moment and riveted my attention. But this is not just a movie; it is a work of art. As such, every detail is beautifully constructed; every frame is a memorable photograph.
In addition, Silent Sonata is actually silent, even more silent than The Artist, which won the 2011 Golden Globe for best foreign picture. It is a shame in fact that Silent Sonata did not get the opportunity to be seen by the wide audience that The Artist did. Of the two, I feel that Silent Sonata is far superior, a movie that could be seen again and again, with ever more details to discover and appreciate at each viewing.
I have been trying to find a copy to purchase for my private collection. If I am able to find one, I'll return here to post the source. This is a film not to be missed by dedicated film buffs.
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