The novel is about a Mennonite teenager named Irma, whose isolated existence is transformed when she is hired by a bohemian film crew that comes to her settlement to make a film about Mennonites. The movie is spoken in Plautdietsch, which makes watching it a little bit surreal, specially with the brilliant 6 minute long opening and ending scenes of the sunrise and sunset. We must act on it or suffer, and sometimes because we act, others suffer. Kiss of the Damned Beautiful vampire Djuna tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo, but eventually gives in to their passion. The three of them live in a small, very religious community, where it is hard to hide your emotions. This film finds what it does not look for.
The Silent Light gives insight in love that goes against the laws of God and culture, forgiveness and surviving a broken heart. First we see them from the side, Marianne bending over. The dialogue is in , the dialect of the Mennonites. No explanation is provided for the change of season. And it was worth the price of admission for the wide shot of the cows coming in the barn. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the. Curious, how a slow and deep film can absorb, and a fast and shallow one can tire us.
There is the sense that he will never leave Esther and never stop loving Marianne. Marianne suddenly shows up at the wake and asks if she can spend a moment with Esther's body, which Johan allows. Marianne enters the room, slowly kisses Esther's body on the lips, and drops a tear on her cheek. There is not a false instant in the film, and the performances assume an almost holy reality. It plays Friday through April 2 at Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. The subtitles are barely necessary since there is very little dialogue.
As Johan is driving in his car with Esther, she confronts him about the affair. 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. The dialogue is in Plautdietsch, the language of the Russian Mennonites. He and Esther say they love each other, and they mean it. Toews was inspired by her own experience on the set of Silent Light, in which she plays the role of Esther, Johan's wife.
Wall, Toews' novel provides additional insight into the dynamics of conflict and cooperation between the Spanish-Mexican film crew and the ultra-conservative Mennonites of the Cuauhtémoc Settlement where filming took place. The language and look of the characters are a revelation. In the next scene, Johan's children are bathing and playing along a riverbank while he and his wife watch. We do not host or upload any video, films, media files avi, mov, flv, mpg, mpeg, divx, dvd rip, mp3, mp4, torrent, ipod, psp , SockShare is not responsible for the accuracy, compliance, copyright, legality, decency, or any other aspect of the content of other linked sites. Gestures that say nothing, or very little.
Description Johan Cornelio Wall Fehr , a Mennonite living in Mexico, is tormented with guilt over his extramarital affair with Marianne Maria Pankratz. She runs off taking a blue umbrella, telling him not to follow. Johan's affair with Marianne continues; they have sex in a local hotel while Johan's children wait in a van with a stranger - someone whom Marianne seems to know and trust. Once he is alone, he stops the clock on the wall and breaks down crying. Among other elements, it features pastoral farm scenes, ticking clocks, slow pacing, silence, similarly named central characters Johan and Johannes in Ordet , a focus on a large farm family, a protagonist questioning the strict piety of his minister father, the death of the protagonist's wife in seeming relation to her husband's transgression and, most saliently, the wife's apparent resurrection from the dead as brought about by a kiss.
What the film is really about is people who see themselves and their values as an organic whole. This makes some scenes extra real, especially the scene where Johan and Marianne decide to stop their romance. The film was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards, but it did not make the shortlist. As he goes through the ritualistic motions of his daily life in a bucolic landscape, he is forced to weigh his love for Marianne against the survival of his marriage, his family and his deeply felt religious beliefs. Therefore the idea behind the rather strange ending is quite vague. It is not a reflection on the nature of the soul, it is simply a mirror to it.
Risky, odd, inventive, this is a director's film. The actors are not professional and what a relief from Hollywood emoting. It says much about the Mennonites that their clergy are unpaid. Reygadas cast the film entirely from the actual Mennonite community, which I believe will feel he played fair with them. Certainly, Johan isn't the kind of man to go straying.