A deep rooted fixation on Catholicism is one of the primary subjects in Martin Scorsese's most recent film, as he proceeds what he calls a look for the spiritual human condition.
Based on the novel by Japanese author Susak End of 1966, the film is about a young Portuguese Jesuit missionary of the 17th century, the father of Rodriguez, who with the priest Francisco Garpeom travels to Japan where, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism, as almost all contacts with foreign countries. There they witnessed the persecution of Christians in Japan, whose government wants to purge the country of all foreign influences. At the end of the two priests separate and Rodriguez travels the country, wondering why God is silent while His children suffer.
In an interview with The Final Cut, Scorsese said he had been needing to make the film since the late 80s, when he first read the novel of a same name by Shusaki Endo.
"I knew immediately that I wanted to make it into a film," he said.
Catholicism has been present in many of Scorsese's films. He says what he saw in Silence was "the essence of faith, the struggle for faith, to understand what it is — or maybe not understand what it is but just have it".
"I'm not trying to convert anyone or change anybody's minds," he said.
"I just feel that for me, this has been something from when I first remember, at seven or eight years old, searching for a way to come to terms with that part of the human being or the human condition that is spiritual, especially in a material world."
The outcome is a standout amongst the most significant movies of Martin Scorsese's profession. It invokes an inclination that may be natural to the individuals who worship or meditate, since Silence is the kind of film that you go to bed regarding yet wake up cherishing. It mixes inside and permeates a clever inner discussion.