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A Cinema Suggestion: Silence

Anne Seeley

A Film about Faith and Struggle is something that Pastoral Center Publishing is suggesting to watch for in January. The film, based on Shūsaku Endō’s celebrated Japanese novel of the same name, raises deep questions related to faith, loneliness, doubt, suffering, and oppression. The story follows Fr. Sebastian Rodrigues, a seventeenth-century Jesuit priest from Portugal who sneaks into Japan at a time when Christians were brutally persecuted there. Here are some interesting notes about the film:

  • Scorcese, who briefly studied for the priesthood, worked toward this film adaptation for almost 30 years.
  • Pope Francis has read the novel and told Scorcese at a recent Vatican screening that he hopes the film "bears much fruit."
  • Actor Andrew Garfield spoke last night about praying through the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in preparation for his role as Fr. Rodrigues.
  • Fr. James Martin, S.J. served as a consultant to the film.
  • The film is a top contender for the Academy Awards, just making it under the wire to be considered for this year.
  • VIEW the Trailer to see some of it.
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