This movie is easily the greatest movie I have ever seen.
Alex Lykidis | New York City | 04/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is hard to explain why I like this movie so much. I think the best way to describe it is that it speaks to my soul, more than any other movie. The film operates on many levels (see Robert Horton's excellent books on Angelopoulos to explore further) such as Greek mythology, modern Greek history, the issues of borders, innocence and growing up, male role models, etc. However, the real power of the movie, I feel, lies in its ability to transport you to a place where the hidden truths of life, those truths that lie under the surface of our every day existence, are openly displayed and heartbreakingly rendered on screen. I think many independent film fans, especially in the US look for films that are realistic. This film is not realistic in the traditional sense, but it arrives at the core of our existence in a poetic way, and in a way that many people mistake for pretentiousness, false symbolism, and unnecessary artiness. The movie speaks volumes to me, and I hope it does to you too."
The best movie i ever seen
Andre Almeida | São Paulo, Brazil | 01/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this greek movie, and i did not even know it was so great, it was late at night and i started crying all the time, it`s a really heavy drama, there are a lot of symbolisms during the movie, long silence shots that makes you think about the chaos around us, if you like drama, you can't miss this one!"
The eloquent meaning of the silence or the mist of the langu
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 01/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
If God makes silence, the children must reinvent the world and return it its lost majesty!
Two fulminating and devastating images support the film: in the beginning of the picture the sister tells the story of the Creation to his brother for him to sleep and the other, in the end when the brother after making the awful journey tells the same story to her sister, whom in this case is frightened. The elder sister writes in the letter to his father this eloquent statement: "We don't know We are so tired that we don't know if we go forward or back, so we lose themselves..."
Let's talk the same Angelopoulos: "We live in a culture which has inherited these myths and it's necessary to destroy them, lessen them to the human dimension. It's an arrangement' s count with my natural heritage. I don't accept the fairy tales, the idea of the fate. I introduce the myth in the politic reality and that becomes history in a very different dimension. It's not an interpretation. I confer a dimension at the level of the man, due he is who makes the history, not the myth."
Silence of God, understood as the silence of the own origins. Voula and Alexandros, two brothers who desperately undertake a journey in search of an impossible and unattainable father, conceived as father, memory, origin and history.
Once more, we assist to the main concernments of this superb filmmaker, the return to historical references. Germany is then, a simple reference pattern, it's the trip what it really maters, with all the painful implications, risks and hazardous consequences this fact brings with it. Like exiled angels, they suffer in silence in an indifferent world that does not care the death of a horse in the middle of the night. And Orestes, the sole human being who really loves them, works out as the inspiring hero, who (casually ?) expresses the most pyramidal poetic moments of the movie.
The final sequence, (as a posthumous homage in Andrei Tarkovsky' s memory) when the midst vanishes is one of the most extraordinary dazzling moments in the whole history of the cinema. The countless poetic sequences are by themselves far enough to acquire this supreme masterpiece, but more important still; the way the director handles the filmic time transmuting into mythical time, with frozen human bodies when the snows falls, obligates us to rethink over and over the transcendental artistic importance of this giant film, that must be included among the best films ever made.
Extraordinary achievement. A must-have.
Because the poetry is timeless.