The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence

Documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer follows up the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing with this companion piece that tracks the journey of a survivor of Indonesia's genocide, as he hopes to confront the men who killed his sibling.

Oppenheimer focuses on the raw experiences of survivors, noting that "making any film about survivors of genocide is to walk into a minefield of clichés, most of which serve to create a heroic (if not saintly) protagonist with whom we can identify, thereby offering the false reassurance that, in the moral catastrophe of atrocity, we are nothing like perpetrators. But presenting survivors as saintly in order to reassure ourselves that we are good is to use survivors to deceive ourselves.

"It is an insult to survivors’ experience, and does nothing to help us understand what it means to survive atrocity, what it means to live a life shattered by mass violence, and to be silenced by terror. To navigate this minefield of clichés, we have had to explore silence itself."

2014Rating: R13, Content may disturb99 minsDenmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, UKIndonesian with English subtitles
DocumentaryWorld Cinema
Director:
Joshua Oppenheimer ('The Act of Killing')
Cast:
Adi Rukun

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A freestanding work, its lyrical tone and measured rhythm entirely distinct from those of “The Act of Killing.”

Time Out

Time Out

press

Essential.

5.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Another astonishing heart-of-darkness voyage into the jungle of human nature

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Just as much a must-see as its predecessor.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The Look of Silence is perhaps even more riveting for focusing on one man’s personal search for answers as he bravely confronts his brother’s killers.

Variety

Variety

press

A freestanding work, its lyrical tone and measured rhythm entirely distinct from those of “The Act of Killing.”

Time Out

Time Out

press

Essential.

5.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Another astonishing heart-of-darkness voyage into the jungle of human nature

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Just as much a must-see as its predecessor.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The Look of Silence is perhaps even more riveting for focusing on one man’s personal search for answers as he bravely confronts his brother’s killers.

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