The Silence - 1998

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Khorshid, a blind child growing up in Tajikistan, is constantly distracted by music and sounds. This frequently causes him to be late to his job as an instrument tuner even though he runs the risk of being fired at a time when his family is in danger of being evicted from their house.

Color, 1 hour 13 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Sokoot

Watch Trailer (French), Watch Scene (Farsi w/English subtitles)

Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 48

Cast


Khorshid Narmatava  
Nadereh Abdollahyava  
Saadat Bouyava  
Araz Mohammad Shir Mohammadi  
Golbibi Ziadollahyava  
Hakem Ghasem  

Crew


Writer Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Producer Mohammad Ahmadi
Director of Photography Ebrahim Ghafouri
Sound Recordist Behrouz Shahamat
Production Designer Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Editor Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Pictures


Khorshid (Khorshid Narmatava) has a unique perspective on the world.

Khorshid (Khorshid Narmatava) has a unique perspective on the world.

Walking to the market with his mother.

Walking to the market with his mother.

Picking the right bread is one of Khorshid's duties.

Picking the right bread is one of Khorshid's duties.

Khorshid later admits that this bread was dry but the girl selling it had a pretty voice.

Khorshid later admits that this bread was dry but the girl selling it had a pretty voice.

Khorshid's friend escorts him to work everyday.

Khorshid's friend escorts him to work everyday.

Khorshid's friend dances as he tunes the instruments.

Khorshid's friend dances as he tunes the instruments.

Waiting for the bus.

Waiting for the bus.

Khorshid takes a ride to follow a sound.

Khorshid takes a ride to follow a sound.

Strangers are usually eager to help Khorshid.

Strangers are usually eager to help Khorshid.

Conducting at the Bazaar - Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Conducting at the Bazaar - Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

DVD


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External Reviews


By Stephen Holden The New York Times

There is a reason many people consider Iranian movies to be the most artistically adventurous being made anywhere today, and it has to do with the intensity with which that country's filmmakers probe the basic elements of the moviegoing experience. Among the recurrent themes are the relationships of actors to non-actors and of non-actors to fictional characters, the shadowy lines between fiction and documentary, and the ability of film to convey a firsthand experience of the physical world. Continued



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