February 16th, 2017 by PRatt
March 25, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

(US/Taiwan/Mexico, 2016) Directed by Martin Scorsese. Screenplay by Scorsese and Jay Cocks, based on the novel by Shûsaku Endô. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Issey Ogata, Shinya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yosukey Kubozuka, Liam Neeson.

From the Little Italy kid obsessed with penance (Harvey Keitel) in Mean Streets, to the spiritual education of the Dalai Lama in Kundun, Martin Scorsese has explored religion like no other director in Hollywood. His long-awaited Silence, based on the novel by Shûsaku Endô, explores a time when Jesuits traveled to Japan to seek converts, getting themselves and their followers killed unless they rejected their Christianity. The silence of the title refers to God’s response to a young priest (Andrew Garfield), as he and his companion (Adam Driver) forge their way into an obscure part of the country, where a missionary (Liam Neeson) has supposedly given up religion and taken a Japanese wife. Brutal, restrained, questioning and devout, Silence is a paradoxical masterpiece from a virtuoso filmmaker. 161 min.
“What beauty. What brutality. What madness.” Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times.

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