Silence

Synopsis: Two 17th-century Portuguese missionaries, Father Sebastian Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver), embark on a perilous journey to Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). While there, the two men minister to the Christian villagers who worship in secret. If caught by feudal lords or ruling samurai, they must renounce their faith or face a prolonged and agonizing death.
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 51 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Metacritic:
79
Rotten Tomatoes:
84%
R
Year:
2016
161 min
$7,063,885
Website
1,076 Views

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1 EXT. UNZEN HOT SPRINGS DAY 1

The faces of FIVE MEN appear out of a thick cloud of mist

rising off a seething lake of boiling water. They look like

pale phantoms. Terrified.

We HEAR the voice of FATHER CHRISTOVAO FERREIRA. Strong.

Resolute.

FERREIRA (V.O.)

(reading)

"Good Friday, 1633. Pax Christi.

Praised be God. Although for us there

is little peace in this land now."

CUT TO:

2 EXT. UNZEN HOT SPRINGS DAY 2

Now we see FERREIRA. He is a Jesuit priest. A missionary. But

the look on his face does not match the reflective tone of the

voice we are hearing. He is troubled at something he sees. He

turns away...

...but two GUARDS, holding him, force him to look back. Vapors

of steam make them seem like creatures in a dream.

FERREIRA (V.O.)

(reading)

"I never knew Japan when it was a

country of light. But I have never

known it to be as dark as it is now.”

On those last words, Ferreira is pulled, through the steam,

into close-up. He struggles not to show the pain of what he

sees.

CUT TO:

3 EXT. UNZEN HOT SPRINGS DAY 3

The five men are surrounded by SAMURAI and various OFFICIALS.

Guards are pushing them forward. The five men are THREE

AUGUSTINIAN FRIARS, a FRANCISCAN FRIAR and a JAPANESE JESUIT

PRIEST.

FERREIRA(V.O.)

“All our progress has ended in new

persecution, new repression, new

suffering.

(MORE)

2

FERREIRA(V.O.) (cont'd)

The governor of Nagasaki first hoped

to destroy our Christian faith with

ridicule, and by example.”

Steam from the hot spring ebbs briefly to reveal the men are

Catholic priests. Their hands are tied. The water in front of

them is like a cauldron.

FERREIRA (V.O.)

“But when the faithful resisted, and

refused to renounce God, he became

more cruel."

In a grove of trees on a small rise in the near distance, the

Guards hold tight to the priest Ferreira, making sure he

doesn’t miss a thing. They yank Ferreira like a dog on a rope.

Closer to the spring.

CUT TO:

4 EXT. UNZEN HOT SPRINGS DAY 4

The five priests tremble at the edge of the scorching spring.

FERREIRA (V.O.)

"He took four friars and one of our

own Society to Unzen. There are hot

springs there. The Japanese call them

'hells,' partly I think in mockery,

and partly, I must tell you, in

truth."

The cold air makes the STEAM rise thickly from the lake.

FERREIRA (V.O.)

"The officials told the faithful to

abandon God and the gospel of His

love. But they not only refused to

apostatize. They asked to be tortured,

so they could demonstrate the strength

of their faith and the presence of God

within them."

The water throws scalding spray into the air, burning the face

of one of the priests.

Nearby, still guarded by the samurai, Ferreira bites his lip to

control himself. His lip bleeds. He watches as...

...the captured priest turns, unbroken, to his captors,

refusing to capitulate.

3

CAPTURED PRIEST:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

(alt:
Soul of Christ, sanctify me!)

Showing no anger, an Official makes an abrupt gesture. Guards

tear off the priests’ garments then dip long-handled ladles

into the boiling water of the spring.

CUT TO:

5 EXT. UNZEN HOT SPRINGS DAY 5

Seen now from a distance, as if on a stage: guards approach the

five Christian prisoners, who are tied nearly naked to wooden

stakes. The guards DRIP the scalding water onto their bodies.

FERREIRA (V.O.)

"They used ladles filled with holes so

the drops would come out slowly, and

the pain would be prolonged. Each

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