Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit)
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Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit)
This moving documentary by director Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, and Aguirre, the Wrath of God) enters into the world of Fini Strabinger of Bavaria, who is both deaf and blind. Fini has made a career of helping others who are similarly afflicted, teaching them sign language and taking them on field trips to gardens and touching zoos. Told in an unaffected, homey style, this film uses a minimum of narration as it movingly explores the lives of these people. One of the film's highlights is footage showing Fini's reactions to her first airplane flight. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A remarkable, unaccountable film, both cold and moving."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Speaks volumes about the intrinsic human desire for empathetic communion."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Herzog, one of the most talented of the new young German film directors, will one day make a movie that's as interesting to sit through as to argue about later. Land of Silence and Darkness is not it."
‑ , New York Times
"Land of Silence and Darkness is a tremendous testament to the strength of the human spirit...Werner Herzog is a filmmaker of substantive skill and talent."
‑ Bill Gibron,
"The subject is, by any standard, worth suffering the sometimes dodgy filmmaking."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Watching and hearing Fini treat her patients is like watching Bob Ross paint."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine