89% of critics like this movie.
In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s seminal silent composition 4’33”, the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into the quiet spaces of hearts. As much a work of devotion as it is a documentary, IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, with sound, and the impact of noise on our lives.
Directed by Patrick Chen
As much a visual treat as an aural one, the film divides its time between using the tools of cinema to isolate and enhance the beauty of sounds and silence and exploring different schools of thought on the subject.
Its arguments range wide without going deep, but its factoids about the medical benefits of hanging out in a forest – and the cognitive costs of a noisy school or hospital – are fascinating and persuasive.
Informative documentary about the impact of noise on our lives.
Insightful and occasionally mesmerizing, but lacks balance and thoroughness.
In Pursuit of Silence is a wonderfully shot film and one which is best experienced on a big screen where its images’ composition and acute sound mixing can be fully appreciated.
Visually as well as aurally engaging, In Pursuit of Silence tilts towards preciousness while overstating its case for quietude.