Silence (2013)

Prolific Cork-based documentarian Pat Collins possesses a restless curiosity, coupled with a poetic eye for the small moments - something that informs this feature debut, of sorts. We say 'of sorts' because Silence boldly defies… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2014
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Enigmatic and rewarding.

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Mike McCahill

Anyone caught trying to smuggle in popcorn should obviously be taken outside and shot - using a noise suppressor, preferably.

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Katherine McLaughlin

An immersive and creative appreciation of the Irish landscape, culture and language as shown by sound recordings of environments untouched by man-made noise, archive footage and frank dinner table discussion.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

An uneasy mixture of fact and fiction ...

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Think of Brian De Palma's Blow Out, then imagine it re-filmed by a team of Trappist monks.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Even if filmmakers have trodden similar paths on other parts of the planet - Iran, for instance - and though a little patience is required, Collins draws you in with the suggestive power of hush.

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Guy Lodge
London Evening Standard

It's a film in which the mere arrival of birdsong on the soundtrack is as a narrative event but there are rewards for the patient; even those easily bored should leave the cinema feeling soothed.

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Mark Asch
Little White Lies

The best cinematic portrayal of a man recording silence since that scene in 24 Hour Party People.

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Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

Pacific Rim it ain't, but this docu-like curio offers tranquility in spades. An aural bath of a film that will soothe troubled minds.

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