Hibiscus’s review published on Letterboxd:
I watched this film yesterday, but felt like I needed some time to reflect on what I'd just experienced.
I still have no idea what this film is about.
What I do know, however, is that it's one of the most poetically perfect, creative and beautiful films that I've ever witnessed.
The story is based on a poem, but translates so incredibly well to the cinematic medium. Films that truly utilize the filmic attributes, that are exclusive to cinema alone, are extremely rare. This films gave me countless cinematic orgasms, I literally had to pause it and catch my breath.
Okay, in all seriousness, this film features some of the best cinematography I've ever seen. The style is sometimes reminiscent of the French New Wave, but manages to be in a category of it's own.
As I stated earlier, I'm still not entirely sure what the "message" of this film is. It seems to be politically charged in some way, and is nevertheless beautifully presented in a lot of butterfly-relates allegory and metaphors. I am eager to watch it again, and catch up on the things I missed during my first viewing.
Silence Has No Wings is better than any Kurosawa, Mizoguchi or Imamura film I've ever seen, and differs quite a bit from the usual style from it's era. A more proper parallel would be to Tarkovsky or Kieskowski.