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In Pursuit of Silence

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Patrick Shen

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About the Movie

In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s ground-breaking composition 4’33”, In Pursuit of Silence takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe– from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of the loudest city on the planet, Mumbai during the wild festival season – and inspires us to experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Its arguments range wide without going deep, but its factoids about the medical benefits of hanging out in a forest - and the cognitive costs of a noisy school or hospital - are fascinating and persuasive. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jun 22, 2017

Fresh: A remarkable documentary that paradoxically proves that when it comes to silence, there is a lot to be said as well as a great deal to be shown. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 29, 2017

Fresh: In Pursuit of Silence doesn't really tell you much that you didn't already instinctively know - silence is good, loud noise is bad - but it does provide a sporadically interesting overview that could well have you rethinking your next vacation plans. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 28, 2017

Fresh: As much a visual treat as an aural one, the film divides its time between using the tools of cinema to isolate and enhance the beauty of sounds and silence and exploring different schools of thought on the subject. – Scott Tobias, NPR, Jun 22, 2017

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I attended a screening of this film hosted by one of its producers last summer. Intriguing, thought-provoking documentary that makes the viewer question why we mostly want to avoid what we inherently need. Highly recommended.

Great Film! Changed my life.

This is such a great film and really made me rethink how I spend my time and what atmosphere I create for me and the world around me. Beautifully shot and the music score was fantastic. Would strongly recommend!

Another Timeless Film by Patrick Shen

My appreciation of Patrick Shen's work goes back to his first feature-length documentary, the classic, "Flight From Death: Man's Quest for Immortality" (highly reccomended). His latest, "In Pursuit of Silence", features the same nuanced attention to detail and Shen's carefully paced, beautifully shot and though provoking documentary style.

Shen has a real talent for honing in on what is both deeply internal and personal, while simultaniously highlighting what is universal about the kind of subject matter that seems almost too grandiose to even broach. Hard to imagine day-one of tackling making a film on such broad subjects as DEATH or SOUND... but, I'm glad he did.

The way the sound design is married seamlessly with the imagery is particularly emotive and even profound. This film is riveting without being flashy or cheesy... There's a kind of meditative quality to this film that warrants multiple viewings (rare for a doc).

I found myself considering my own aural environment through the lens of this film. I've heard it said somewhere... we have eyelids, but we have no earlids! The psychological significance and tension between silence and noise is brought to our attention here in ways that I believe are important to consider. Just because we can tune noises out, doesn't mean they aren't affecting us... this is a powerful sentiment.

The science, as well as the historical and environmental contexts shown in this film poigniently invite us to consider the degree that sounds of all kinds affect our phsyical and mental health. This film really stuck with me and caused me to be a lot more aware of my own surroundings. A great piece of work.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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