Character study that's hard to fathom

Martin Scorsese's Silence is undeniably powerful and provocative, but it is also dull and seemingly interminable at times.

GOD works in strange and mysterious ways, the faithful are led to believe, but there are times when even He fails to answer the call - and the silence can be deafening.

Two devoted young Jesuit priests embark on a mission to 17th-century Japan in search of a long-missing colleague, expecting to administer to Christians enduring repression and worse under an intolerant regime. What they encounter is a theological dilemma that rattles their belief systems and threatens their souls.

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