The title of the film is not accidental. The silence of a God to the prayers of the protagonist, perhaps never answered. The silence in which they must maintain their presence, their faith, their religion... the silence of a barge in the fog. A silence that may finally be answered... Or not. Andrew Garfield becomes the backbone of the film with a performance as poignant as contained when it must be. In his eyes reflects the director's pain, sadness, the struggle to maintain sanity, strength ... Well escorted by Adam Driver (what excuses will now have those who say he is a bad actor?), The Japanese cast, especially Issei Ogata (Sublime) and Yôsuke Kubozuka, and the presence of Liam Neeson who takes the film in a new direction. He makes merit to take the Oscar.
The result is a not only impeccable technically crafted movie, but beautiful, with echoes of Dreyer or Bergman at times, but also a powerful and deeply moving story about religion. That, in the disbelieving times in which we live, is a manifesto to countercurrent, although at times the film seems to be suspended in time and not advancing at all. There are a few moments, in which it feels like it has stopped, although some talk between Ogata and Garfield or the arrival of Neeson, regain the rhythm. Almost three hours of discussion about the questions we ask ourselves, many without answers, around a controversial subject, which seems to respond to the author's own questions and confrontations about his own faith. An excellent movie.
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