- 21 min
Silent is a 2015 Iranian drama film directed by Mohsen Abdolvahab. The film tells the story of how a family is torn apart by a tragic accident that changes their lives forever. It stars Mohammad Reza Ghaffari, Neda Jebraeili, and Hesam Mahmoudi in lead roles. The film premiered at the Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran and was also screened at various other film festivals around the world.
The story revolves around a man named Amir, who is a truck driver by profession. He lives with his wife Sara and their young daughter Nasim in a small town in Iran. Despite struggling to make ends meet and living a quiet, unassuming life, the family is happy and content in their own way.
One day, while Amir is driving his truck on a remote mountain road, he accidentally hits and kills a young girl who has wandered onto the road. The incident shakes Amir to his core and he decides to flee the scene without reporting the accident to the authorities. However, his actions have far-reaching consequences that ultimately come back to haunt him and his family.
The tragedy of the accident is compounded when a young man named Ali, who is the brother of the deceased girl, starts to investigate the incident. He becomes suspicious of Amir's involvement and begins to put pressure on him to confess to what happened. Meanwhile, Amir is consumed by guilt and is unable to come to terms with what he has done.
As the film progresses, the tension between Amir and his family begins to escalate. Sara becomes increasingly concerned about Amir's behavior and starts to doubt his version of events. Nasim, who is too young to understand the gravity of the situation, becomes caught in the middle of the family's turmoil.
The film explores a range of themes, such as guilt, grief, and the ripple effects of tragic events. It also delves into the intricacies of family dynamics and the lengths to which people will go to protect their loved ones. The performances of the cast are particularly noteworthy, especially that of Mohammad Reza Ghaffari, who delivers a powerful portrayal of a man struggling to come to terms with his actions.
The cinematography is also a highlight of the film. The stark landscapes of rural Iran are captured with a keen eye for detail, and the use of lighting and color contrasts is particularly effective in creating an atmospheric and haunting mood.
Overall, Silent is a thought-provoking and emotionally impactful film that stays with the viewer long after it has ended. It is a testament to the strength of Iranian cinema and its ability to tell powerful stories about the human condition.
Silent is a 2018 drama with a runtime of 21 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6.