Some films that came to mind watching Martin Scorsese’s Silence.
- The Searchers (similar plot twist; see also Taxi Driver and Hardcore.)
- The Silence (Bergman’s silence is also Scorsese’s.)
- Sophie’s Choice (dilemmas, dilemmas.)
- The Bridge on the River Kwai (parts of Scorsese’s film recall this film’s WWII Japanese POW camp and its commander.)
- Andrei Rublev (vallis lacrimarum, i.e. vale of tears)
- Saving Private Ryan (these kind of quests never end well.)
- Star Trek: “Bread and Circuses” (The Searchers plot twist, again.)
- Manchester by the Sea (similar Job-like story.)
- Arrival (communication problems, alien and domestic.)
- Shōgun (TV mini-series. Fish out of water, culture clash.)
- 7 Women (what is it with missionaries?)
- The Passion of Joan of Arc (burn, saint, burn.)
- The Last Temptation of Christ (“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”)
- The Keys of the Kingdom (more missionaries)
“The rest is silence.” Just a smart-ass way of saying: You’ll have to see Scorsese’s film to see why these other films popped into my head.