Silence (2016) ****

Upon a second viewing, I enjoyed this film even more, bumping up my previous rating by a 1/2 star. Even though I'm not religious in the slightest, I can't help but be captivated by this powerful work.

My original review:

Scorsese channels Kurosawa, Kobayashi, and Malick and makes a divisive and challenging companion piece to his previous The Last Temptation Of Christ. Visually stunning and impeccably assembled, but also heavy handed and frustrating. I was engulfed by this film even when I wasn't 100% connecting. Regardless of star rating or nitpicks, it's still an incredible piece of art.

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