Combustible Celluloid
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Directed by: Joshua Oppenheimer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material involving disturbing graphic descriptions of atrocities and inhumanity
Language: Indonesian, with English subtitles
Running Time: 103
Date: 07/17/2015

The Look of Silence (2015)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Views of Killing

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up, or companion piece, to his extraordinary The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence feels slightly smaller-scale, which is not necessarily a bad thing in this case. It follows an Indonesian man, an optician, who interviews various individuals who were purportedly involved with the killings of so-called communists in the 1960s. The man's brother was killed during that time, and he proves to be an assertive, canny interviewer; one subject angrily says that he's even pushier than "Josh." Oppenheimer includes several asides, visits with the interviewer's century-old parents, and other striking images that allow time for the atrocities, and the human memory, to sink in. The Act of Killing was nominated for an Oscar, but did not win, and this one could make up for it.

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