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Silent Light (2007)

Stellet Licht (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 12 October 2007 (Mexico)
In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

Director:

Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

Carlos Reygadas
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Cast

Credited cast:
Cornelio Wall Cornelio Wall ... Johan
Miriam Toews Miriam Toews ... Esther
Maria Pankratz ... Marianne
Peter Wall Peter Wall ... Padre
Jacobo Klassen Jacobo Klassen ... Zacarias
Elizabeth Fehr Elizabeth Fehr ... Madre
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Brel ... Himself (archive footage)
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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico | France | Netherlands | Germany

Language:

Low German | Spanish | French | English

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Chihuahua, Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR980,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,967, 11 January 2009

Gross USA:

$60,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$877,577
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is a movie filmed in Plautdietsch, a dialect spoken by the Russian Mennonites. See more »

Soundtracks

Les Bonbons
Written and performed by Jacques Brel
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Powerful and Beautiful: Reygadas triumphs again.
16 November 2007 | by bersarhinSee all my reviews

With Stellet Licht, Mexican director Carlos Reygadas follows a different path from his previous films. Reygadas tells a very simple and age-old story: the choice of a man between two women. However, it's his unique vision of life what makes this film stand out from the hundreds of films made with this subject matter.

A contained and wonderful Cornelio Wall delivers a range of feelings, resting almost entirely in his expressive eyes. His excellent performance fits perfectly with the quiet and slow pace of the film. The rest of the cast is also great, with really natural performances throughout the film.

The cinematography and editing are also gorgeous, developing an unique pace and look to the film that would have bored in any other film. While the pace of the film is extremely slow, the audience gets used to it, preventing boredom from affecting the viewers, as it normally occurs with other slowly-paced films.

The film happens in the secluded Menonite settlement of the beautiful state of Chihuahua, introducing us to a world completely different from ours, but the universal feeling of the story makes us realize that, regardless of the differences between different groups of people, we are all similar.


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