Review: South Korean drama Silenced

Silenced sees a teacher coming to work in a school for deaf children, only to discover the hideous secret behind this establishment/

THEY SAW THE DEVILS

To be clear, this is a film against child abuse, the subject is obviously shocking, and the audience has no other choice than to take sides for the victims—between poor helpless children & old dirty perverts, the choice is easy. That is to say, the characterization is simple, the case is rightful and based on true events (!). All elements are gathered to create an efficient tear-jerking melodramatic socially conscious drama!

And the story carefully turns into a courtroom drama, in an attempt to expose the horrific reality of that subject, using flashbacks to show some violent & uncomfortable sequences. Sometimes it’s gruesome, but again, because the case is rightful by nature, violins & piano are always there to underline every single tragic turn of events.

Is that an Angel?

BECAUSE SOUTH KOREAN CINEMA.

The result is a dark, serious and solemn film, taking the audience by the hand from the beginning to the very end; to be the closest to the children who share their deeply moving testimony in front of everybody; to see *some* adults crusading for the truth in a completely corrupt city where people care more about the money they can make than justice.

An original subject, It’s also a carefully executed & directed South Korean film, the framing is always revealing the characters’ deep emotions—for instance, the new teacher appears right from the start as an outcast, using frames within frames, and the victims are often visually standing out from a blurry/flat background.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

As simplistic and emotionally-charged as it is, Silenced became a true phenomenon in South Korea, even the highest political authorities were influenced by the film at the time of its release.

In the end, it’s an efficient and solid melodramatic film, not the most subtle, but it works. — Average.

# Available on US DVD

AKA The Crucible, Dogani, 도가니



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