Liam Neeson in a scene from Martin Scorsese’s "Silence," epic “Silence,” nominated for best cinematography Oscar.
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Martin Scorsese's "Silence" is not an easy film to watch.It's an acutely dangerous mission, which Father Valignano (Ciaran Hinds) tries to dissuade Rodrigues and Garrpe from pursing.Driven by faith and duty, Rodrigues and Garrpe might as well not have a choice in the matter at all. Garfield carries the film and Rodrigues' agony on his slight shoulders – his second film about faith in a single season, following Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge". It is Japanese actor Issey Ogata who steals the show as an older samurai who not only tells Rodrigues what's what but provides some of the funniest and disturbing moments in the film. Rodrigues knows what his faith requires, yet it continues to be tested and challenged by the physical and political realities of where he's inserted himself."Silence" is screening in Beirut-area cinemas.
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