REVIEW: ‘Silence’ belongs among Scorsese’s masterworks

Silence, like so many modern film masterworks, is not an easy film to watch or digest.

It puts human suffering and privation front and center. It questions the very nature of religious faith, and the universality of “truths” beyond specific social contexts.

Technically speaking, Silence is almost beyond reproach. Director Martin Scorsese approaches the material with reverence and a keen eye for detail. The actors, in particular Andrew Garfield, deliver unforgettable work characterized by compassion and palpable anguish.

Put simply, it’s the very definition of a “heavy” film. At least it should prove to be, for audience members for whom faith is a thought provoking or personal issue. (Read more:

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