"The Silence" is about the emotional distance between two sisters. The younger one is still attractive enough to pick up a lover in a strange city. The older one -- even though she is very ill -- would like to make a human connection also but cannot leave the hotel room. Traveling with the sisters is a small boy who escapes into the hotel, meets a troupe of dwarfs. Which sister is this little boy's mother?—Dale O'Connor
room, female masturbation, adulterous wife, adultery, classical music, hotel room, translator, illness, voyeur, decadence, incestuous desire, dress, undressing, hallway, sensuality, bathtub, bathroom, child's drawing, drawing, anger
Bergman unfolds grand themes-childhood and its mute sensibility, adulthood and its unhealed emotional wounds-in highly inflected images, which have an anguished intensity unseen since the age of silent films.
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