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thestuman101694's avatar


This is a film that will continue to haunt me. A film that I will probably watch over and over again as my life unfolds and dissect every meaningless meaning from.
11 years 6 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


An existential study in alienation, Ingmar Bergman's The Silence is a quiet piece, its three leads - two adult sisters and a young boy - struggling to communicate with one another at what appears to be a crisis time in their lives, though the details are mostly unknown. They exist in a world of impossible communication (a "silence" as much as the silent God of the title), a hotel in a country where no one speaks their language - a sort of vaguely European pidgin, no translation available, though perhaps the kindly concierge is the only one to make real connections - and the imagery supports the theme. Sisters in the same shot but adjoining rooms, people having sex in full view of others as if they were invisible, a bed frame that looks like bars, and so on. Some have remarked that the sisters are facets of the same woman, so it also gets into alienation from the self. Even without that reading - the boy's ambiguous parentage sells me on it - both show the kind of self-hatred that comes from knowing a part of oneself has betrayed us, the younger sister by her basest instincts, the older by her sick body. As for the boy, he feels apart from the concerns of adults. They sometimes fascinate him, sometimes bore him, but he does try his best to decode their communications. Wrapped in what appears to be Bergman's own, often Oedipal, childhood recollections, the film manages to rise above the status of existential tract. The subject matter is bleak, but I do think the last shot carries a lot of hope.
5 years 1 month ago
Sethcanes's avatar


One of Bergmans best.
11 years 2 months ago
Emiam's avatar



A celebrated Bergman film. I do not understand the big and I remain unmoved. Despite the director's two handsome and talented female actors in the same movie, and despite a promising introduction. Stylish and cool environments, fun piccolo, and a "silent movie" with few replicas (apparently only 38), which offers plenty of awsome opportunities... but why does Ingmar want a "secret" eastern European country with what I interpret as a made up language?
5 years 5 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


I've preferred the first two that are more mystical and involve more than just two sisters bad mood..
12 years 2 months ago
StigAnder's avatar


Didn't feel connected to it at all. It's like a stripped down dream that is well acted and directed, but goes nowhere. After watching a few Bergmans the silence of this film just seems like an arty gimmick.
12 years 11 months ago
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