The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence ★★★★½


If there's a more consistently human modern filmmaker than Joshua Oppenheimer, then please point the way. Back in 2012, he created one of the most appalling, essential films of our time, and now he's returned with a companion piece (although that is selling it short) entitled The Look of Silence, documenting the haunting aftermath and the silent vacuum surrounding open wounds. It is a revolutionary film, both in its questions and its answers, allowing an entire family to reach their respective points of understanding (or a lack thereof) without cloying film-making tactics or underlying motivation. It's a film where each scene is more horrifying than the last, building on a resonant sense of history where a cumulative voice of anguish is in a perpetual state of danger. The fact that Oppenheimer and crew had to have multiple getaway cars set up for a variety of the interviews only enhances the urgency, morphing important conversations into minefields. Staggering filmmaking, showcasing monsters in plain daylight, taking cheery photos on the grounds of countless murders while the camera never flinches.

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