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The Look of Silence

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Joshua Oppenheimer

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About the Movie

The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer's powerful companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer's footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 125
  • Fresh: 120
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Look of Silence in some ways manages to burrow deeper into your soul...and your nightmares. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 21, 2015

Fresh: A shocking and significant film, a further illumination of one of recent history's great horrors, a documentary that will make a difference in the world. It is also an exceptionally difficult film to actually watch. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jul 23, 2015

Fresh: "The Look of Silence" is painful and unforgettable - a serious and honorable form, perhaps the highest, of "gotcha" journalism imaginable. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Aug 13, 2015

Fresh: It's a testimony to how much this is a live issue in Indonesia that some of the credits are listed simply as "anonymous." – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 30, 2015

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Customer Reviews

The erased history

Histories revealed our humanity. And we shouldn't relive them again.

Well-kept secrets

This documentary is shocking. The close-up, clear photography is spellbinding because it captures the individuals' real emotions. It is a harsh reality that the U.S. wields the power to allow such atrocities in the name of democracy. Powerful film.

two sides of a coin

Do not give this a miss. Versions of truth, only God knows the heart of the truth.

The Look of Silence
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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Available Bundle

  1. The Act of Killing + The Look of Silence, New Video Group