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Silent Souls (Subtitled)


Aleksei Fedorchenko

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Plot Summary

When Miron's beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merja culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero, a picturesque region in West-Central Russia. Although the Merja people assimilated into Russians in the 17th century, their myths and traditions live on in their descendants' modern life. The two men set out on a road trip thousands of miles across the boundless land, with them, two small birds in a cage. Along the way, as is custom for the Merjans, Miron shares intimate memories of his conjugal life. But as they reach the banks of the sacred lake where they will forever part with the body, he realizes he wasn't the only one in love with Tanya.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Director Alexei Fedorchenko doesn't use sheer duration to immerse viewers in the spiritual journey. Not counting the credits, this beautifully photographed and quietly evocative movie is barely 70 minutes long. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Sep 16, 2011

Fresh: An astonishing, haunting, sensual, lyrical, bleak and ultimately beautiful road-trip movie. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 22, 2011

Fresh: It's lovely and slow and melancholic and short - 75 minutes, yet you feel you've been gone for an epoch or two. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jan 19, 2012

Fresh: The Russian drama unfolds as a series of perplexing, fascinating snapshots, yet the predominant story about saying goodbye - to people and customs - are universal. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Oct 21, 2011

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Silent Souls (Subtitled)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Foreign
  • Released: 2010

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