Directed by Carlos Reygadas • 2007 • Mexico
Starring Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz
Opening with a magisterial heaven-meets-earth time-lapse and climaxing with one of the most stunning endings in recent memory, Carlos Reygadas’s sublime spiritual odyssey is as close to the transcendent visions of Carl Theodor Dreyer as twenty-first-century cinema has come. Set in the cloistered world of Mexico’s Mennonite community and performed entirely in the Plautdietsch dialect, SILENT LIGHT charts the inner struggle of a man torn between his commitment to his wife and his love for another woman. It’s a quietly shattering existential crisis that plays out with a rapturous attention to the rhythms of everyday life, the cycles of nature, and the profound mysteries of the soul.