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Silent Light (2007)

Stellet Licht (original title)
In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

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Credited cast:
Cornelio Wall ...
Johan
Miriam Toews ...
Esther
Maria Pankratz ...
Marianne
Peter Wall ...
Padre
Jacobo Klassen ...
Zacarias
Elizabeth Fehr ...
Madre
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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Martin Scorsese called this film "A surprising picture, and a very moving one as well." 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 See 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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