The stunning first 5 minutes of Silent Light

I watched Silent Light, the 2007 film by Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas, last night. Strange, quiet, and moving, the film is set in a Mennonite community in northern Mexico and tells the story of Johan, a married man with 7 children, who has fallen in love with another woman.

Manohla Dargis of the NY Times describes the film as something of a meditation on "the limits of... faith and... faithfulness," but there is more to it than that. I can't quite put my finger on it; Silent Light is an otherworldly, disorienting, and yet somehow familiar film. I think a second viewing may be in order.

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