While the film industry's eyes are currently consumed with the films on this year's festival circuit, I thought it necessary to redirect some of the focus to this weekend's release of "Silent Souls," a stunning Russian film that played last year's Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. "Silent Souls" is a beautiful elegy for dying traditions, and I would say that the first 45 minutes or so are among the best I've seen all year, notably an exquisite early sequence tying death to life, mourning to marriage, through the braids of pubic hairs.
Summarizing the film's plot is unnecessary. "Silent Souls" is pure cinematic wonder that absolutely deserves to be seen on the big-screen to be appreciated. Take a break from post-Toronto, pre-New York Film Fest over-consumption and sleeplessness and ease into one of the best movies of the year.
Here's the trailer: