Shot in a series of long single takes in the remote reaches of a chilly landscape the film evokes how the acceptance of loss can bring a sense of peace.
- Jim Schembri, 3AW, June 30, 2012
Aleksei Fedorchenko's crisp, beautiful film ponders the oddness and necessity of the folk rites in which we all seek solace.
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph, June 22, 2012
Fedorchenko may not exactly be on oath with all of these Meryan traditions of his, but they create an utterly distinctive world, and the close harmony provided by a choir in one scene really is arresting.
- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], June 21, 2012
A beautiful piece of work: heart-wrending, atmospheric and truly poignant. Recommended.
- David Parkinson, Empire Magazine, June 19, 2012
A meditation on death and sex, it's a melancholy and touchingly profound folk tale, though also deeply weird in places - pagan vajazzling, anyone?
- Cath Clarke, Time Out, June 19, 2012
The finale may leave some unfulfilled, but this is an intuitive visual essay that begs to be experienced.
- Ed Gibbs, Empire Magazine Australasia, May 20, 2012
If Silent Souls is slow and cryptic, with long takes and mysterious metaphors, it achieves a great sense of poetic realism
- Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald, May 16, 2012
Stunningly photographed for the wide screen SILENT SOULS is another indication that the Russian cinema, despite its problems, is still capable of producing major work.
- David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia), May 16, 2012
A resonant, lyrical and beautifully realised cinematic experience.
- Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia), May 15, 2012
Simple but not simplistic, Silent Souls resonates like a beautiful bell
- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, May 11, 2012
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It's lovely and slow and melancholic and short - 75 minutes, yet you feel you've been gone for an epoch or two.
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe, January 19, 2012
An astonishing, haunting, sensual, lyrical, bleak and ultimately beautiful road-trip movie.
- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, December 22, 2011
Rife with earthy details and poetic associations, the movie often advances like a daydream.
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, December 08, 2011
This profound and immensely touching film in only 75 perfect minutes achieves the profundity of an epic.
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, December 08, 2011
The Russian drama unfolds as a series of perplexing, fascinating snapshots, yet the predominant story about saying goodbye - to people and customs - are universal.
- Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, October 21, 2011
There's a trancelike quality to its best moments, but too much of it is artfully boring.
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, September 23, 2011
Director Alexei Fedorchenko doesn't use sheer duration to immerse viewers in the spiritual journey. Not counting the credits, this beautifully photographed and quietly evocative movie is barely 70 minutes long.
- Mark Jenkins, NPR, September 16, 2011
The wheels within wheels of sly tale-spinning turn quietly, turn deep.
- Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, June 21, 2012
An incredibly moving and masterfully controlled experience.
- Laurence Boyce, Little White Lies, June 21, 2012