The Silence (1998) Review
By Christopher Null
I hardly know where to start or end with comments about The Silence. A bare wisp of a movie, it recalls films like Naqoyqatsi, but with a little dialogue thrown in for good measure.
In The Silence, Khorshid is a blind 10-year-old boy living in Tajikistan. He's not quite indigent: He makes a living tuning instruments at a music shop, with his sister in tow. He's often late, though, because he wanders off to hear the street musicians, whom he later sort-of reinterprets as playing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony -- which is quite a hoot when heard strummed on all manner of Middle Eastern musical instruments.
Sadly, this is all there is to the movie. Young Khorshid (Tahmineh Normatova) doesn't experience any adventures, any growth, or experience anything beyond fondling bread in the market and being berated for his lateness. "The silence" might indicate that he also loses his precious sense of hearing or something, but this isn't so. Khorshid rolls along for 77 minutes, leaving us in a puzzle about what the entire experience was supposed to be all about.
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