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Plot: Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.
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There’s a reasonable argument to say that SILENCE is one of Martin Scorsese’s better movies. The talk is that it was a passion project of his for decades, finally being released in all it’s artistic endeavors and mysteries. I suppose someone else could argue the opposite: that this is a story full of brutality and despair without the signature style of the aged director. I think I’m falling right on the middle on this one. This is surely one of the year’s most powerful stories, and yet I have to admit it left me cold.
The story follows two priests from Portugal (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who venture into hostile Japanese country in search of their mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who has abandoned his Christian faith. Some chalk it up to mere rumors. These two young ministers take the journey to find out for themselves.
What begins as a fairly traditional story ventures into the heart of Japan in the 16th Century with a sharp attention to both detail and horror. This is less a story of a search for one man as it is an odyssey into the despair found in conflicting religious beliefs. Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) holds hope that Ferreira is alive while also working to convert as many locals under cover of darkness. Upon landing on the shores of Japan (smuggled in on small fishing boats from China), he encounters villages of faithful Christians who worship in secret. For them, the arrival of Rodrigues and Father Garupe (Driver) is confirmation of their beliefs. Through language barriers, it seems that God is always present.
As we delve further into the country towards Nagasaki (where Ferreira is said to be held), the two priest break off on separate journeys. Rodrigues, though oftentimes alone, is shadowed by a Japanese recluse named Kichijiro, a drunk who once betrayed his faith in order to spare his life (he witnessed the execution of his entire family) but returns to the faith time again in order to make Confession and amends with the Lord. Rodrigues continues to absolve him, and yet this is the slow unraveling of an aspect of this story: do the Japanese really comprehend the religion in the same way Westerners do?
There are three people who make this movie better than average: Andrew Garfield surely gives one of the year’s best performances as a man trapped in his own personal Hell, forced to grapple between martyrdom and eternal damnation. It’s a strong year for Garfield, getting accolades and Oscar buzz for his other leading role in ‘Hacksaw Ridge.’ Trust me, this is the better performance. Second is the skill of Martin Scorsese, who slowly paints a portrait of a time long forgot with such attention to tone. It’s a horrifying and at times morbid story to sit through, but there was never a moment I found myself any less than fully-focused and contemplative.
Third is a surprise, a breakthrough performance by a Japanese actor named Issey Ogata who gives without a doubt one of the year’s most memorable performances. Throughout the film the Christians living in Japan are routinely inspected by samurai officials who intend to hunt down and capture any found citizens in violation of the law. One such official is Inoue Masashige (Ogata) who treats the job with a certain flair. Constantly waving a fan and with an ear to ear smile, this is a performance that steps above the rest of the cast by perfectly encapsulating the braggadocious nature of Japanese law without missing a beat. It’s a winking devil performance that I hope the Oscars won’t look over.
‘Silence’ is at times hard to palpate and yet rewards the audience for it’s patience. Whether or not this film can be interpreted as being pro or anti-Catholic is maybe not the ultimate message of this film. While the final act delves into a horrifyingly-dark arena, consider the final shot before the credits begin to role (I won’t spoil it). In such a brutal era with antiquated customs, isn’t there still hope left to be found?
After receiving a worrying letter from their mentor Ferreira (Liam Neeson) from Japan, Portuguese priests Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garrpe (Adam Driver) embark on a journey to reach Japan in order to find their beloved colleague and help the Christians against the religious oppression perpetuating during the 1600s by the hand of the Japanese Buddhists.
I think that the best way to explain my thoughts on this film are to start by explaining my history with legendary director Martin Scorsese. Whilst I think that “The Departed” is a top-notch film and find “Hugo” to be a really well told tale, I have rarely had the pleasure to enjoy his films. That’s just how it is. From the 1970s right down to his latest efforts I have always had a really hard time with Scorsese and I have grown to actively dislike some of his films, whilst still finding something to mine and appreciate in them.
I find that there is a common thread with what I come to dislike in his pictures. Firstly, I have always had a hard time in keeping up with his third acts, from “Cape Fear” to “Goodfellas” I have always carried myself through to the ending forcefully and have rarely appreciated his climaxes. I have always felt them as meandering and over long, not really getting to a point. Which brings me to my biggest problem, with the exceptions listed above, I have never left a Scorsese feature with something to take with me, I’ve never had a payoff, his films have generally left me cold and empty, his thematic explorations have often frustrated me and given me not much to appreciate.
I once felt like this must be a coincidence, but the pattern has repeated itself too many times for it to be considered so, “Silence” being no the confirmation and actually embodying the worst about my criticisms. This is a religious slog-fest that made me angry in its self importance and complete nonsensical length.
Now, I don’t want to appear like I’m a jerk, whilst everything I said above is true I can’t help but have anything but respect for Scorsese, he is a giant of cinema, his achievements are overwhelming, it just so happens that he really has a hard time in matching my taste and whilst he managed to get really on my nerves here, in particular, because of some of the thematic messages, I still find in all of his pictures a lot to appreciate.
For one, “Silence” has a great first half, the drama with the characters is alive and touching, the portrayal of 17th century Japan is raw and unnerving, the atmosphere that is captured is genuinely unsettling. The point of view that is established in this first half is not a religiously inflated one, what is moving about it is how we witness the hatred that man can be brought to and the contrast with the innocence in the Japanese farmers is ever so captivating.
Driver and Garfield really fuel the drama with some remarkably intense performance work that manages to not call attention to itself. Their journey is unpredictable and the recreation of the chaos and the poverty of the time really hits home. The cultural differences are explored on a visual level other than a thematic one and it makes for some really good viewing, I will fully admit that up to the hour and forty five mark I was following the drama attentively.
On a technical level the film does have some fantastic production design, but for the rest there is something that really stands out as being remarkable, probably a reason for which the last hour becomes so overbearingly boring.
Then comes the last hour, which shatters to pieces everything achieved before, changing perspective and escalating in melodramatic, masturbatory, religious bullsh*t with an ending that proves its aimlessness and disgusting self-importance. The drama just turns off, it evolves in a discussion that has no heads nor tails, to the point that I felt like it was contradicting itself at times. The ending is abysmal, ridiculous and trivial in a way that made me stand up and leave the cinema angrily without even waiting for the first credits which I always do.
If I am listening to a full hour of religious debate which combines ethical and moral complexities to it and I am left utterly bored and empty there is something that is worryingly wrong about the film for me. I was lost for words, every word that was uttered was a further step down for the film, a real disgrace because for a good portion it was going for something an succeeding at it, then came the rest of the feature and made me sick with boredom and anger.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 41 min (161 min)
Genre Drama, History
Director Martin Scorsese
Writer Jay Cocks (screenplay by), Martin Scorsese (screenplay by), Shûsaku Endô (based on the novel by)
Actors Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano
Country USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Italy
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 56 nominations.
Production Company G&G, Sikelia, YLK, EFO Films
Sound Mix Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Studio, Zeiss Master Anamorphic and Angenieux Optimo Lenses (some scenes), Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Anamorphic and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory EFilm (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 200T 5213, Vision3 500T 5219), Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format) (some scenes), Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format), Master Scope (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema