Silence: this Martin Scorsese’s work is a rigorous, hard film to watch; but it’s also a very rich, engrossing experience, an epic that is both large and small. The plot allows for an erudite look at faith and religion, and gives space for a number of enlightening dialogues. The cast is excellent: Andrew Garfield has a hard role, physically and emotionally, and he carries it with great ease; Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, more limited in time, are both solid; and Tadanobu Asano and Issei Ogata have tough roles and nail them. The film’s pace is ponderous, but Thelma Schoonmaker’s editing is precise. The film’s look is classic: Rodrigo Prieto’s cinematography is very fine, with great framing and lighting, capturing the great locations and the deceptively simple Dante Ferretti’s production (and costume) design beautifully. One can’t find much better all-around film craft.