40 Days of Silence

Bibicha is a young woman who, for obscure reasons (in a film full of obscurities) is doing a Muslim religious penance of forty days of silence. She's doing this in a house with four generations of women, including her all-wise grandmother, her mother and niece. The scenery is gorgeous: a valley surrounded by snow covered mountains. However the time frame isn't clear...one scene takes place in a luscious green field followed immediately by a scene in driving snow. A heavily pregnant woman is partially in frame in one scene, and then disappears for the rest of the film. Mysteriously gauzy, out-of-focus scenes recur for no discernible reason. I managed to stay awake for the entire film; but that's about the best I can say for it. Incomprehensible and tedious. For me, no amount of visual beauty can make up for that.