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||IMDB Rating: 8.4/10 from 12 votes
||Release: 2 April 2015 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Documentary, Upcoming
||Synopsis: A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.
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With just two films to his name, both about the Indonesian mass-murders
of the mid-1960's Oppenheimer has become the most important
documentarian of his generation.
His second film, "The Look of Silence", coupled with his "The Act of
Killing" has created a sea- change in the Indonesian truth, justice and
reconciliation movement. Forcing new laws to be written and putting the
government in a defensive position against the nation's media.
But Oppenheimer is more than an activist. He's an artist. His films are
contemplative, playful and quietly confrontational. His visual attack
is succinct, his marriage of form and theme is flawless and his moral
intent is thunderous.
Where "Act of Killing" was concerned with a larger study of
post-massacre Indonesia, "Look of Silence" chooses a more intimate
landscape. Geographically, emotionally and cinematically it is
regional. Concerned with a single killing, the men who did it
directly and indirectly - the family it affected and the small village
that has lived with questions about other killings like it for fifty
years. Where "Act of Killing" lived in absurdist grand cinema, "Look of
Silence" exists in tight close-ups of the perpetrators, survivors and
truth-seekers. More than anything, more than words, their faces tell
the story. So much happens behind the eyes, around the corners of the
mouth, in unspoken glances. The horror, doubt, guilt and seemingly
impossible reconciliation stirs below the surface. For all the
cinematic flex of "Act of Killing", this contained take on the same
material, seems more haunted and human.
The star of the film, Adi the eyewear peddler, pursues this mission
with intelligence and courage. We meet his family. His happy playful
daughter, his thoughtful son, his cautious loving wife, his ageless
mother (probably the most engaging character captured on film this
year), his wisp of an ancient father, and his memory of a murdered
brother, looming over everything. From them he finds the courage to
question murderer after murderer face-to-face. The combination of his
profession as an optometrist with his quest to seek truth would seem
heavy-handed if it were fiction, but nothing here is inauthentic. In
showing all of Adi's family, from the fresh and young, to the spent and
dying, we see the full arc of life.
Lastly, the film makes a glancing but firm indictment against the
American anti-Communist fervor that fed into - and the American
corporations that profited from - these killings. It gives strong
evidence that the Cold War, the war of ideology and the murder of
millions, allowed for, and was even fought for, Western corporate
dominance in places like this. And here the grinding up of human beings
for profit in this situation is undeniable. Oppenheimer wants to make
sure no one involved gets off without having to face, if not their own
role in the massacre of millions, then at the very least, their
And so it goes, the people (wives, mothers, daughters, sons, fathers,
husbands), the silence, the haunted jungle hum that fills most of the
auditory space in the film, the great and overwhelming significance of
everything pools together to show us something words alone
can't manage. Something about how a horror can be so great that its
impact can loom over generations. About living with debilitating fear
of those who have claimed power over you through violence. About the
most nightmarish tendencies in humanity, and our courageous capacity to
overcome the worst of ourselves. About just how difficult it is to look
into the eyes of a killer and say, "I know what you did."
And more profoundly, more frighteningly
"I know you."
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