Historical Drama, Jidaigeki

Deep and complex religious questions bubble violently under the simplistic plot of Scorsese’s third religious epic, Silence. There is no denying that the film is the work of a master auteur; it is visually beautiful, with compelling performances (both American and Japanese), and it tackles the brutal persecution of Japanese Christians in the 1600s with gentleness and respect. When its exploration of universal religious themes is pushed to the unrelenting extreme, it becomes unforgettable.