Silent Souls
Silent Souls (2011)

When Miron's beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merja culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero, a picturesque region in West-Central… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 16, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2013
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cath Clarke
Time Out

A meditation on death and sex, it's a melancholy and touchingly profound folk tale, though also deeply weird in places - pagan vajazzling, anyone?

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Rife with earthy details and poetic associations, the movie often advances like a daydream.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

[Silent Souls] is whimsical, melancholy and utterly beautiful.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's lovely and slow and melancholic and short - 75 minutes, yet you feel you've been gone for an epoch or two.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This profound and immensely touching film in only 75 perfect minutes achieves the profundity of an epic.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... slow and introspective, paced in long, still shots that seem to drift in time rather than march forward.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

An astonishing, haunting, sensual, lyrical, bleak and ultimately beautiful road-trip movie.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The Russian drama unfolds as a series of perplexing, fascinating snapshots, yet the predominant story about saying goodbye - to people and customs - are universal.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Overwhelms us with meaningful silence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
'Silent Souls'. Long, patient takes, meticulous direction, stunning imagery, and a strange old tale of holding onto the past.
Walter M.
In "Silent Souls," Aist(Igor Sergeev) is the son of a famous poet. Having failed to write anything of his own, Aist works in a paper factory. While… More

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