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Reviews: The Look of Silence (2015)

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  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
  • [New – 12/17/15] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Joshua Oppenheimer and quiet individuals like Adi are bit by bit chipping away at the willful blindness of Indonesia. It might truly take an optometrist to make the nation see and break The Look of Silence.
  • Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s a quieter film [than “The Act of Killing”], lyrically shot, Adi’s occupation a stunning allegory for what he hopes to achieve.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Like and perhaps more so than its predecessor, this film is an act of moral necessity.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive
    • Excerpt: Of course, The Act of Killing already established this particular brand of mania within its subjects, but in adding a focus on the victims, The Look of Silence manages to distinguish itself.
  • Greg Klymkiw @ The Film Corner
    • Excerpt: This is highly potent and explosive material and once again, Oppenheimer delivers a motion picture that’s not only an important document of history, but a magnificent, harrowing and consummate work of art.
  • Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student
    • Excerpt: The Look of Silence’ is not merely an addition to its predecessor but an invaluable extension of it. Oppenheimer signally took note of some of the criticisms leveled at ‘The Act of Killing’ – if indeed he did not intend to tackle the issue from two radically contrasting sides all along – and has created a near-perfect companion piece.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: A tough watch but it is a powerful statement and an important, disturbing film about Indonesia and about all of us.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: Men so prideful and nostalgic telling an outsider like Oppenheimer’s Dane about their exploits now find themselves on the hot seat as the veil of faux-glorification comes down. While you almost have to feel for the handful suddenly left speechless when words couldn’t be stopped seconds earlier, fear is unavoidable for those we can see thinking about the brutal punishment they would have inflicted upon both men fifty years prior.
  • Pat Mullen @ Point of View
    • Excerpt: ‘Killing’ is tough act to follow, but ‘Silence’ is a worthy companion film.
  • Frank Ochieng @ The Movie Database (TMDB)
    • Excerpt: Anytime the showcasing of jeopardized humanity is profiled it is always an automatic cause to feel enraged and emotionally invested in the outrageous aftermath of the storm. Well Oppenheimer revisits the pain, resentment and frustration in The Look of Silence with convincing empowerment.
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: Oppenheimer has been not only documenting history but making it.
  • Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: … an exceptional look at how history is crafted in real time, a film that could certainly be studied for decades to come.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Oppenheimer’s quest for “truth, justice, reconciliation and some form of healing” for the Indonesian people might seem a lofty goal, until you consider how badly America needs the same things. ??
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: The Look of Silence is a transfixing experience, but what makes the film a true achievement is its thirst for truth and its dedication to portraying the real-world complexity of terror, regret, and culpability.
Updated: December 17, 2015 — 9:52 pm
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