The Look of Silence

Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

Denmark, 2015

HOME, 20 June 2015

The Look of Silence

What kind of answers do you get when you interrogate evil men?

Here, the answers are evasive, self-justifying, threatening, abusive. You expect fearsome monsters, instead it’s like watching pigs squeal. You hear excuses and pretexts, the tired line about how they were only following orders, just doing as they were told. To make a clear admission, whether brazenly or followed by a plea for forgiveness, is beyond them.

With insipid vice comes titanium virtue. That the mother here can have a child brutally taken from her, yet continue to live and fight for justice, is inexpressible. Such indefatigable spirit.

I have an absolute admiration for Joshua Oppenheimer. His two films shine a penetrating light on Indonesia’s dark past and on the dark recesses of the
human soul.